I'm on hold for the USSF conference call. They're playing peppy swing/big band music. I'm not sure if that's a sign.
It's now officially time for this shindig to start, but the band is still playing. It could be victory music - it could be the last song on the Titanic.
Greg Ryan is out as coach.
Sunil Gulati made it official in his opening statement. No replacement coach is named yet. A search committee has been set up - Mia Hamm is part of it. A coach will be picked in about a month.
Grant Wahl has the first question - Gulati answered it generally about the entire program needing evaluation and review.
Christine Brennan asked about the impact of the goalkeeper decision - Sunil doesn't want to point to one event. Sunil says some female candidates are in the running, but won't promise that a woman will get the job.
Filip Bondy asks, given Ryan's record, why it wasn't considered good enough. Sunil answered that there are different expectations for this team as compared to the men, compared to the past record of success. He acknowledged the excellence of Ryan's record, but he said that the World Cup performances were concerning.
Sunil says he has talked with members of the team, but won't say that Ryan ever "lost the team".
Sunil acknowledges that Brazil is ahead of the U.S., at least technically. He maintains that the U.S. hasn't so much fallen off as many other teams have caught up.
Bonnie Ford wants to know about Sunil's reaction to Solo's being ostracized by her team. He says he believes that some people involved in the situation might do things differently if they could. Sunil says both men's and women's teams have had issues in the past, but they have been handled internally.
Sunil says he will consider foreign candidates for the coaching job. He does point out that they're looking for someone who knows American players and has coached at a high level, because the Olympics are around the corner. He stresses the time issue.
Steve Goff wants to know about Tony DiCicco as a possibility. Sunil says that he doesn't want to discuss specific candidates yet, given some have job status issues with other teams.
Sunil says Mia was picked to represent the players on the decision committee. She was at the top of the list and agreed "enthusiastically" when asked.
Representing the LA crew, Grahame Jones, asked about Ryan's reaction. Dan Flynn takes this one, says Ryan was disappointed.
Sunil says that Solo is not suspended from the team in any way. The USSF has no issues with her, but it will be up to the new coach to decide in what goalkeeping direction to go.
Steve Davis asked about the timing. Sunil answers that it had to be decided quickly, because the Olympics is coming up soon.
Mike Woitalla asks about how most of the coaches at the World Cup were female.
Here's part of what Sunil says to my question.
"The ultimate job of a coach is to give us the best opportunity to succeed."
"Secondly, we need to see progress."
Can anyone guess what I asked?
Anyway, no more updates. I have to drop out of the call, but the entire thing will be podcast on the US Soccer site later.