Jill Ellis will coach the U.S. women's soccer team in its next two matches while a successor is found for Pia Sundhage.
After leading the U.S. to its second straight Olympic gold medal since taking over, Sundhage stepped down Sept. 1 to return to her native Sweden. She has since been hired as coach of the Swedish women's national team.
Ellis, a former assistant to Sundhage, became development director for the U.S. women's national teams in January 2011. She is not a candidate to replace Sundhage.
The U.S. plays Germany on Oct. 20 at Bridgeview, Ill., and again three days later at East Hartford, Conn.
In addition, the U.S. Soccer Federation is meeting with potential owners and investors from 11 groups in 10 cities with the hope of launching a new women's league next year.
USSF President Sunil Gulati said there had been 25-30 inquiries to succeed Sundhage, and the search committee interviewed some candidates in Chicago on Wednesday. He hopes to select a new coach ...