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Vlatko Andonovski Resigns as USWNT coach

Updated: Sep 22, 2023

One hamulating World Cup later...

Former USWNT Head Coach Vlatko Andonovski

USWNT coach Vlatko Andonovski has resigned after overseeing the team's worst ever World Cup.

There were widespread reports earlier on Wednesday that his resignation was imminent before The Associated Press confirmed the news on Wednesday night. It comes after the US crashed out the World Cup in the last-16 stage, losing on penalties to Sweden.

The team arrived for the tournament in Australia and New Zealand chasing the 'three-peat' - the first team in men's or women's soccer to win three straight World Cups.

But they didn't get close - opening the tournament with an underwhelming 3-0 win over Vietnam before needing two draws against Portugal and Holland to just about secure a place in the knockouts.

The Americans played well in the Round of 16 against Sweden, but ultimately fell on penalties after a scoreless tie. The U.S. scored just four goals over the course of the tournament.

The United States had never finished worse that third at the World Cup.

The 46-year-old Andonovski was named coach of the United States in October 2019, taking over for Jill Ellis, who led the United States to back-to-back World Cup titles.

He finished 51-5-9 during his time with the team, and was 3-2-5 in major tournaments.

It wasn't just the World Cup that hurt Andonovski's chances of keeping his job. The United States also finished with a disappointing bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

Andonovski is expected to land on his feet. According to ESPN, he has an array of offers - one apparently from Kansas City Current in the NWSL.

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