CHICAGO (AP) – Tom Sermanni doesn't come with a guitar. And forget about bursting into song when he meets the U.S. women's soccer team for the first time, as predecessor Pia Sundhage famously did.
''I can't do that one bit,'' the Americans' new coach said, smiling.
His lack of musical talents will be overlooked if he can lead the U.S. women to their third World Cup title.
The Americans are fresh off the London Olympics, where they won yet another gold medal, and have been ranked No. 1 since 2008. But the rest of the world has closed the gap on the U.S. in recent years. It will be up to Sermanni to make sure the Americans don't lose their place as the undisputed power in women's soccer.