New Coach Emma Hayes Seeking To Restore US Women’s Soccer Glory

New U.S. women’s national soccer coach Emma Hayes stopped short of predicting Olympic gold for her squad on Thursday, saying the world’s commitment to the sport has made it “an equal playing field.”

In her first national TV interview since being hired to run the world’s most famed women’s soccer program, Hayes diplomatically sidestepped when asked if the USWNT will bring home gold from France this summer.

“My focus is on the performances of the team,” she told NBC’s “TODAY.” “I want to get that right first.”

The U.S. women’s program has been in disarray since its shocking round-of-16 elimination in last year’s World Cup.

The bitterly disappointing loss to Sweden in penalties led to USWNT manager Vlatko Andonovski’s resignation a little more than a week later. Twila Kilgore served as interim manager before handing the reigns to Hayes.

U.S. soccer fans were understandably shocked by that early exit.

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