US ignoring former coach Pia Sundhage's comments

Jun 12, 2015 5:03 PM by Ross Field

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - The U.S. national team is dismissing critical comments that former coach Pia Sundhage made about some of the team's players.

The United States is preparing to face Sundhage's current team, Sweden, in a group-stage match Friday at the Women's World Cup. Sundhage spoke about U.S. players including forward Abby Wambach and midfielder Carli Lloyd to The New York Times in a story published Tuesday.

U.S. coach Jill Ellis was asked about the report before a team practice Wednesday afternoon. She said she's just focusing on her team and its preparations for the match. She said it isn't something she'd address with the team.

Sundhage coached the United States for five years, guiding the team to a pair of Olympic gold medals as well as the final of the 2011 World Cup in Germany, which the United State lost to Japan on penalty kicks.

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