Andonovski resigns as USA coach after the World Cup

The defending champion fell in the round of 16


The American coach of Macedonian origin Vlatko Andonovski officially resigned this Thursday as the United States women’s coach, less than two weeks after the defeat in the round of 16 against Sweden in the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

“The USA Federation announces that the United States women’s national coach Vlatko Andonovski has resigned from his position,” says the official statement about a story that had leaked in the media in recent days.

“Vlatko worked tirelessly for this team and has been a strong and positive leader for our women’s program. We are grateful for all that she has contributed to US Soccer and we know she has a bright future in the sport,” says the sporting director of the Federation, Matt Crocker.

The Federation announced that it will be Crocker who will be in charge of finding a substitute for an Andonovski who said goodbye to his players. “It has been the honor of my life to coach the talented and hard-working players of this USWNT team for the past four years. I am very optimistic about the future of this program, especially considering all the young players who have had opportunities in recent years.” , point.

“While we are all disappointed by the World Cup result, I am immensely proud of the progress this team has made, the support they have shown each other and the inspiration they have provided to players around the world. I will be forever grateful to the Federation for giving me the opportunity to train this extraordinary team”, he added.

Twila Kilgore, an assistant coach for the past year and a half and the first American woman to earn US Soccer’s Pro Coaches license, takes charge of the team on an interim basis. The United States, four-time world champions, suffered the worst result in history in the tournament when they lost on penalties to Sweden.