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Soccer community remembers Tony DiCicco

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His fingerprints are all over the American game.

Tony DiCicco

Former US women’s national team head coach Tony DiCicco passed away yesterday due to an unnamed illness, as announced by his son Anthony DiCicco on twitter.

Of course he is often remembered for coaching the USWNT during their historic 1999 World Cup win, but he was heavily involved at almost every level of American soccer throughout his life, and his devotion to the game shows in how many players and coaches from different eras and areas expressed their condolences.

DiCicco was involved in all three professional women’s leagues in the United States, whether it was as commissioner of WUSA, head coach of the Boston Breakers in WPS, or as an adviser to the Houston Dash in NWSL. He coached the U20 USWNT to a World Cup victory in 2008 and coached in WPSL, as well as serving on US Soccer’s Technical Advisory Board. On top of his multiple accolades, he was a constant advocate for the women’s game who helped make it what it is today in the United States.