Tony DiCicco was one of the most popular leaders in women’s soccer history in the United States of America, as he was the one who coached the U.S. women’s soccer team to pioneering victories in 1996, at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, and in 1999 at the World Cup. Actually, his association with the U.S. Soccer dates to the late 1980s. In 2008, DiCicco took over the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team and led them to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup title with a squad that featured current players in the shape of Meghan Klingenberg, Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan or Alyssa Naeher. DiCicco has also played a vital role in the start of women’s professional soccer in the USA in 2001, as he was the Chief Operating Officer for the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA). In 2012, he was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame due to his excellent work and impressive records. He managed to win more than 100 games and lose just eight as head coach of the national team from 1994-1999 to become the manager with the most victories in US Soccer history.
In more recent years, DiCicco has worked as an analyst for Fox Soccer, but he was also a commentator for NBC during the 2000 Olympics as well as ESPN and Fox during the 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015 Women’s World Cups.
Tony DiCicco passed away yesterday at the age of 68 due to cancer, and his death was confirmed by his son Anthony DiCicco with a short statement on Twitter. Our condolences are with his family.