Report: Vlatko Andonovski to be named new USWNT head coach
Vlatko Andonovski, the current manager of National Women’s Soccer League club Reign FC, will be announced as the new U.S. Women’s National Team head coach on Monday, according to a report from Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl.
A maintstay in the NWSL since the league’s inception in 2013, Andonovski won a pair of league titles with FC Kansas City, prior to joining Reign FC in Washington two years ago. The 43-year-old Macedonian-American is expected to be introduced as Jill Ellis’ successor next week in New York City.
According to Wahl’s report, Andonovski had yet to sign his contract as of Thursday afternoon, but that he is expected to sign ahead of Monday’s planned announcement.
The two-time NWSL champion head coach and former professional player is reportedly the preferred candidate for many of the U.S. Women’s National Team players, based on discussions with General Manager Kate Markgraf.
Andonovski, who currently coaches the likes of USA stars Megan Rapinoe and Allie Long at the club level, will make his international debut with the World Cup champions in November when the USA hosts Sweden (Nov. 7) and Costa Rica (Nov. 10) in a pair of friendlies.