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Pellerud to step down as women’s coach


The only thing missing on Even Pellerud’s resume is an Olympic gold medal.

But regardless of whether the coach of the Canadian women’s national soccer team can bring home gold from the Summer Games in Beijing, it will be one of his final duties with the Canadian soccer program.

“Nine years in the job, both the coach and the players need another challenge after a certain time, and I thought it was the best time to do it,” said Pellerud, who officially announced yesterday he’s stepping down as head coach in December.

The 54-year-old native of Norway, who joined the Canadian program in 2000, has led the team to an internatio­nal record of 61 wins, 49 losses and 19 draws. He helped guide the Canadians to a berth at this summer’s Olympics, marking the first time in 24 years that a Canadian soccer team will compete at the Games.

“I’m pleased with a lot of things we have accomplish­ed,” said Pellerud. “We have created a program that is widely respected across the world. We have put soccer on the map. From both a results standpoint and from a status standpoint, we have reasons to be quite proud of that.”

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