The long-awaited moment for the US women’s soccer team has arrived, and no one is shocked at the announcement.
As of Wednesday, USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski handed in his resignation. A formal announcement is expected by the US Soccer Federation on Thursday.
It is likely that current assistant coach Twila Kilgore will be appointed as interim coach. She will be the gaffer of the squad through both of its September friendlies.
The move comes after the abysmal performance at both the Tokyo Olympics and the 2023 Women’s World Cup. The USWNT was eliminated in the round of 16 by Sweden, its earliest exit at the tournament this far.
His record in major tournaments was 3-2-5 (games decided by penalties are recorded as draws) but overall with the U.S. was 51-5-9.
What’s next for Andonovski and the USWNT?
Andonovski’s contract was due to expire in 2023 and the USSF felt it was in the best interest not to renew it or extend it.
The Macedonian coach is currently a contender for the head coaching job at the Kansas City Current. Both managerial experiences prior to heading up the US women’s team were both at the club level.
The USWNT did rack up good results in friendlies during his time. However, Vlakto faced extreme criticism during the World Cup for his lack of substitutes and questionable lineup choices.
Finding his replacement will be the most important as the US is going to start preparing for the Paris Olympics in less than a year.
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