October 29 – Vlatko Andonovski has been named as the new head coach of the United States World Cup-winning women’s team.
The 43-year-old has led National Women’s Soccer League side Reign FC in Seattle for the past two seasons and has huge boots to fill in replacing Jill Ellis who led the US to two World Cup titles.
Andonovski, who was born in North Macedonia, takes over immediately and will lead the side for the first time against Sweden on November 7.
“As one of the most accomplished coaches in the NWSL history, he’s proven he can help world-class players reach their peak, inspire his teams and win championships,” said US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro.
“He is widely respected by players and leaders across our soccer community, and he has the work ethic and winning mentality to guide the greatest women’s soccer program in history into their next era of success.”
USWNT general manager Kate Markgraf added: “We identified the qualities we thought were most important for this unique position, we talked to quite a few people in the women’s soccer community domestically and around the world, and in the end, Vlatko was the best fit with his experience with elite players, how he sees the game, how he coaches the game and manages players, and his overall personality and ability to take on a job of this magnitude.”
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