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Jill Ellis: The shy girl from England who became US Soccer's record-breaking head coach

Lyon, France (CNN)A few hours before Sunday's Women's World Cup final, John Ellis will seat himself at his organ and play "You'll Never Walk Alone," Liverpool Football Club's stirring anthem. A Royal Marine commando who became a football coach, the 80-year-old is no vocalist, but nevertheless he will warmly sing the words and glance at a framed photograph of his daughter, Jill. It is a ritual the Englishman goes through every time the United States plays. The picture John Ellis has above his organ is one taken during a jubilant time for the family and its adopted country, when Jill guided the United States to World Cup victory in 2015. There may be another photo to be put above the instrument Jill bought her father some years ago when he d ...