Tony Gustavsson will join Jill Ellis' coaching staff for the U.S. women's national team.
Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images

CHICAGO (AP) - Tony Gustavsson has been hired as a full-time assistant to U.S. women's head coach Jill Ellis.

He will begin work with the Americans' matches against France in June.

Gustavsson, 40, was on fellow Swede Pia Sundhage's staff for the 2012 Olympics, helping the United States win the gold medal. He returns to U.S. Soccer after a successful stint as head coach of Tyreso FF in Sweden's premier women's league. Tyreso won the league title in 2012 under Gustavsson.

BIRD: Gustavsson's Tyreso comes up agonizingly short in Women's Champions League final

Ellis said, ''Tony will be an excellent addition to our coaching staff. He brings tremendous international experience and a fantastic energy to our program.''

Gustavsson also has experience coaching in the top men's professional leagues in Sweden and Norway. He was head coach of Kongsvinger in Norway in 2010, and coached Hammarby in Sweden from 2007-09.

Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.