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Official: Vlatko Andonovski resigns as USWNT head coach

According to 90min, the resignation could happen in a few days.

Sweden v USA: Round of 16 - FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 Photo by Jose Breton/Pics Action/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The United States Women’s National Team are likely starting the process to find a new head coach. According to 90min’s Lizzy Becherano and Emily Keogh, Vlatko Andonovski is preparing to resign as USWNT head coach in the next few days.

The 46-year-old Andonovski took over for Jill Ellis in October 2019 and holds a record of 51 wins, 5 losses, and 9 draws as USWNT head coach. However, he has come up short at the major competitions the USWNT have played in, settling for bronze at the 2020 Olympics and getting bounced from the 2023 Women’s World Cup in the Round of 16 after losing on penalties to Sweden.

After that loss, Andonovski admitted his future as USWNT head coach was dim, but didn’t want to discuss it in the immediate aftermath. “I think it’s selfish to think about me, my future, what I’m gonna do, when we have 20-year-old players going through the moment, going through this situation,” Andonovski said in the press conference after the Sweden loss.

“I want be there for them. I love them. I love them all. And they’re my players, but they’re my friends. We spent four years together. They got their first caps with me. They got their first national team call-ups with me. We spend times, tough times, good times. So I don’t want to see them like that. That’s all I think about.”

The Round of 16 exit is the earliest ever by the USWNT in a major tournament, prompting speculation that Andonovski would not keep his job. It seems like he is prepared to walk away from it in the next few days.

Update: it’s official. U.S. Soccer announces that it has mutually agreed to part ways with Vlatko Andonovski.

“All of us at U.S. Soccer thank Vlatko for his dedication to our Women’s National Team over the past four years,” U.S. Soccer Sporting Director Matt Crocker said in a statement. “Vlatko worked tirelessly for this team and has been a strong and positive leader for our women’s program. We’re grateful for everything he has contributed to U.S. Soccer and know he has a bright future in the sport.”

“It’s been the honor of my life to coach the talented, hard-working players of the USWNT for the past four years,” Andonovski commented in a statement. “I’m very optimistic for the future of this program, especially considering all the young players that got opportunities over the past few years who will no doubt be leaders and impact players moving forward. While we are all disappointed by the outcome at this year’s World Cup, I am immensely proud of the progress this team has made, the support they’ve shown for each other, and the inspiration they’ve provided for players around the world. I will be forever thankful to the U.S. Soccer Federation for giving me the chance to coach this remarkable team.

Matt Crocker will lead the search for a new USWNT head coach, but he has already named Twila Kilgore as the interim coach. Kilgore was an assistant under Andonovski for the past year and a half.

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