A new voice will take some getting used to for the players. They’re used to Sundhage’s fun-loving demeanor. She laughed with them. She played guitar for them.
After O'Reilly’s early goal, the team went over to Sundhage on the bench and played air guitar for her.
‘‘If you look at her statistics alone, she’s done a fabulous job,’’ Lloyd said. ‘‘But it’s not only stats; it’s the way she is as a person. She brings so much joy and pleasure. It’s contagious, the way she has so much passion for the game.’’
Morgan earned her first cap while playing for Sundhage. Now, she’s one of the most recognizable faces on the team and younger kids frequently show up in the stands wearing her jersey.
‘‘Pia has done so much for us. We really appreciate everything,’’ Morgan said. ‘‘It’s not typical that you send off a coach like this — on such a high note and such a happy note.’’