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Tony Gustavsson    

Top Assistant Coach, U.S. Women's National Soccer Team

Tony Gustavsson re-joined U.S. Soccer in June of 2014 to work as the top assistant coach with head coach Jill Ellis. Prior to this current position with the U.S. team. Gustavsson was an assistant coach with Pia Sundhage in 2012, helping the team to the Olympic gold medal in front of more than 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium.

Gustavsson returns to U.S. Soccer after a highly successful stint as head coach of Tyresö FF in the Damallsvenskan, Sweden’s premier women’s league. Tyresö was one of the world’s top women’s professional teams for several seasons and he led the Stockholm-based club to the league title in 2012.

With five U.S. Women’s National Team players – Christen Press, Whitney Engen, Meghan Klingenberg, and earlier in the tournament, Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris – making major contributions to the 2013/2014 Champions League run, Gustavsson took Tyresö all the way to the 2014 Champions League Final in Lisbon, Portugal, where it fell to Wolfsburg of Germany, 4-3, in a dramatic end-to-end match.

Gustavsson has experience coaching in the top men’s professional leagues in both Sweden and Norway as well. He was head coach of Kongsvinger IL in Norway’s Tippeligan in 2010 and coached Hammarby IF (where he coached former U.S. international Charlie Davies) in Sweden’s Allsvenskan from 2007-2009. He took Hammarby to the brink of the Europa Cup group stage in 2007, but fell in a tight two-leg series to Braga of Portugal in the first round.

In 2004, he was a player-assistant coach for Degerfors and helped the club win the Second Division in Sweden. In 2005-2006, he became the head coach for the club.

He started his coaching career in 2000 as a player-head coach for Ytterhogdals IK, holding that position for four years, while winning the league in the first year.

Gustavsson spent one semester attending college in the USA at the University of Central Florida in 1994 before finishing his education at Lärarhögskolan in Stockholm from 1995-1999 where he got a teacher’s degree in physical education and math. He also received a degree in soccer coaching from the University of Orebro in a two-year program from 2004-2005. He was one of the first coaches in Sweden to receive this degree. While in Florida and prior to attending UCF, he played briefly for the Orlando Lions in the USISL.

Gustavsson also holds a UEFA Pro coaching license.

He has worked as a soccer color commentator for Canal+, one of Sweden’s biggest sports networks, and worked matches of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa for Sweden’s SVT. He also did commentary on Sweden National Team matches, Swedish First Division games and La Liga games from Spain.


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