Vlatko Andonovski, former player for the Wichita Wings, Kansas City Comets, California Cougars, Philadelphia Kixx, and former Kansas City Comets head coach, who led them to the 2013-14 MISL Championship title, could be the next coach of the US Women’s National Team according to reports.
Andonovski, who will be taking over for Jill Ellis, will be the fourth straight European-born manager of the USWNT. Team general manager Kate Markgraf will have chosen Andonovski over other candidates, such as Laura Harvey, Paul Riley, and Mark Krikorian.
Andonovski’s professional coaching career started in 2010, when he joined Kim Roentved’s staff for the Kansas City Comets inaugural season in 2010. In 2012, it was announced that Andonovski would be the inaugural manager of the NWSL’s FC Kansas City and later became the head coach for the Comets in 2012. The Macedonian led the Comets to the 2013-14 MISL Championship and won back-to-back NWSL titles for FCKC in 2014 and 2015. Following FCKC’s ownership troubles that lead to the team being sold and removed from Kansas City, Andonovski was named manager of the Seattle Reign, where he has managed since 2018.
The first major tournament for Andonovski and the USWNT would be the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, where the USWNT will look to regain their Gold Medal after Sweden eliminated them in penalty kicks in the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic quarterfinals, famously ending Hope Solo’s international career following her comments concerning Sweden.