Pia Sundhage will coach her final match with the U.S. women’s national team Wednesday night at sold-out Dick’s Sporting Goods Park outside Denver as the Americans face Australia (10 p.m. ET, ESPN2).
It’s been a good run: a 90-6-10 record with 278 goals for and 58 against, two Olympic gold medals and second place at the 2011 World Cup. She will return home to prepare Sweden’s national team for next year’s European Championship on home soil.
After Sunday’s victory over Australia at Home Depot Center, the U.S. players presented Sundhage with a signed guitar. She performed “Jailhouse Rock”:
*Americans in UEFA Champions League group stage:
MF Jermaine Jones 90+ in Schalke’s 2-1 win at Olympiakos
MF Sacha Kljestan 90 in Anderlecht’s 0-0 draw at AC Milan
D Oguchi Onyewu not in 18 for Malaga’s 3-0 win over Zenit
D Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland at Shakhtar Donetsk (2:45 p.m. ET, foxsoccer2go.com)
*D.C. United player/assistant coach Josh Wolff underwent surgery for a lower back herniation this week. No timetable was set for a return, but considering the 35-year-old forward has played in just nine league matches this year and is transitioning into a post-playing career, I would be surprised if we saw him on the field again. In 14 MLS seasons, he has appeared in 267 league matches with 80 goals and 49 assists.
Other United players sidelined: Dwayne De Rosario (knee; out for the season), Daniel Woolard (concussion; out indefinitely) and Stephen King (hernia).
*While the club prepares for Thursday’s match at Philadelphia, United will keep a close eye on Columbus on Wednesday night as the Crew welcomes lowly Chivas USA (7:30 ET, Fox Sports Ohio, Prime Ticket, Direct Kick, MLS Live). United is two points ahead of Columbus for fifth place in the Eastern Conference. Chivas, which visits RFK Stadium on Sunday evening, is better on the road (4-4-5) than at home (3-9-2).
*The big NCAA men’s showdown Tuesday was a washout. With top-ranked Maryland leading No. 4 Old Dominion 1-0 in the 27th minute, the match in Norfolk was halted because of bad weather. No word on whether the sides will arrange a new date. The Terrapins (5-0-1) will return to ACC action at home Friday against Virginia Tech.