Reason Behind US Coach Resignation
After leading the US to their worst showing in a Women’s World Cup, head coach Vlatko Andonovski has resigned.
The four-time champions were eliminated from this year’s competition by Sweden on penalties in the round of 16.
It was the team’s earliest exit from a World Cup; in every prior competition, they had placed at least third.
“Vlatko worked tirelessly for this team and has been a strong and positive leader for our women’s program,” stated sporting director Matt Crocker.
We appreciate everything he has done for US Soccer and are confident in his future as a player.
“While we are all disappointed in the result of the World Cup this year, I am incredibly proud of the advancements this team has made, the support they have shown for one another, and the inspiration they have given to players all over the world,” Andonovski continued.
The temporary head coach is now the national team’s assistant coach, Twila Kilgore.
With the team, Andonovski had a record of 51 victories, five draws, and nine defeats; in significant competitions, he presided over three victories, two draws, and five losses.After Jill Ellis, the coach who guided the team to back-to-back World Cup victories in 2015 and 2019, stepped down, he took over the team in October 2019.
With 11 straight victories, Andonovski’s reign got off to a strong start, setting a record for the best start by a US coach.
But Andonovski came under pressure after a disappointing performance at the Tokyo Olympics, when the US won bronze.
The US suffered its worst losing streak in 29 years in 2022 when they dropped three straight games against England, Spain, and Germany.
After defeating Vietnam 3-0 to begin the World Cup, the US drew 1-1 with the Netherlands then drew 0-0 with Portugal, finishing second in their group. They failed to win at least two group games for the first time ever. The US received criticism for their group stage performances, but they performed well against Sweden.