Nearly one month removed from leading the United States to the Women's World Cup championship, head coach Jill Ellis received her just reward Tuesday, agreeing to a multiyear contract to coach the women's national team into the next World Cup cycle, multiple outlets reported.
The Washington Post first reported the news, stating that Ellis' contract was voided last week so that the two sides could instead work on this new deal. The Post reported that Ellis "is expected to guide the squad through the 2019 World Cup in France and perhaps the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo." The next major international event on the calendar is the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
ESPN reported that U.S. Soccer confirmed the news and that a news conference is scheduled for Wednesday, at which time a formal announcement will be made.
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Ellis, 48, coached the United States to its third WWC title, and first since 1999, capturing the Cup with a 5-2 win over Japan in Vancouver, Canada, on July 5. She was also heavily criticized for the team's underwhelming play, particularly on offense, during group play and even in the early knockout games.
Up next for the Americans is a 10-match victory tour, which begins with an Aug. 16 match against Costa Rica in Pittsburgh, which can be seen live on FOX Sports 1.