Report: U.S. women to promote Jill Ellis

U.S. Soccer will promote interim coach Jill Ellis to a permanent position in charge of the United States women's soccer team, according to USA Today.

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Jill Ellis was named United States women's soccer team head coach.

A conference call to reveal a "major announcement" has been scheduled for 2 p.m. ET, though U.S. Soccer did not confirm the purpose of the call. USA Today cited a source with knowledge of the decision for the identity of the new coach.

The U.S. women have been without a permanent coach since Tom Sermanni was fired April 6 after the Americans managed just a draw and two defeats at the Algarve Cup in March.

Ellis took over as interim coach and led the team to a 3-0 win over China four days later. In her only other game in charge, the U.S. and Canada drew 1-1 last week in Winnipeg.

Ellis, who spent 12 years as the coach at UCLA, was an assistant under Pia Sundhage at the 2008 Olympics. She has also led the American under-21 and under-20 teams and served as development director.

Qualifying for the 2015 Women's World Cup takes place in October.

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