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US Soccer legend Tony DiCicco dies

Tony DiCicco

26 Feb 1995: Tony DiCicco of the USA watches the team practice during USA Soccer Training in Florida. Mandatory Credit: Andy Lyons /Allsport

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Former U.S. women’s national team head coach and National Soccer Hall of Famer Tony DiCicco has died at the age of 68.

His son Anthony DiCicco spoke of “health challenges” for his father in a statement released on behalf of the family.

DiCicco was best known for coaching the USWNT to World Cup glory in 1999 as he transitioned from an All-American career at Springfield College as a goalkeeper to playing in the American Soccer League for five years and then the U.S. men’s national team before his storied coaching career.

A much-loved figure in the U.S. soccer community, DiCicco was also a prominent broadcaster on USWNT games with both ESPN and Fox Sports over the years.

DiCicco coached the USWNT for five years from 1994-99 and also led the U.S. women’s team to Olympic Gold glory in 1996 in Atlanta.

Below is a statement from the DiCicco family on Tony’s passing.