ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- After leading the U.S. women's soccer team to two Olympic gold medals and its first spot in a World Cup final in more than a decade, coach Pia Sundhage is stepping down.
Saturday's announcement of Sundhage's departure came just a few hours before the Americans kicked off their "victory tour" to celebrate their gold medal at the London Olympics, where the Americans beat Japan 2-1 in a rematch of last year's World Cup final. The search for a new coach will begin immediately.
Sundhage leaves with an 88-6-10 record.
The news does not come as a total surprise. There is no major tournament until the Women's World Cup in 2015, and Sundhage has expressed a desire to coach in her native Sweden.