It has been reported that Vlatko Andonovski has stepped down as the head coach of the U.S. women’s national soccer team. This news comes after the team’s disappointing early exit from the Women’s World Cup.
The soccer blog 90min was the first to report Andonovski’s departure, and it has since been confirmed by ESPN and The Athletic. An official announcement from the U.S. Soccer Federation is expected to be made on Thursday.
Assistant coach Twila Kilgore is a likely candidate to take over as head coach, according to ESPN and The Athletic.
Criticism and Early Exit
Andonovski faced intense criticism following the team’s elimination in the Round of 16. This marked the earliest World Cup exit in history for the four-time world champions. His game strategy, specifically his substitutions, came under scrutiny as the team struggled to create scoring opportunities.
Andonovski was appointed as head coach in 2019 and achieved an impressive 51-5-9 record with the U.S. team. However, his performance in major tournaments was less successful, with a record of 3-2-5.
Following the team’s elimination on August 6th, U.S. Soccer announced that they would conduct a review to identify areas for improvement and determine their next course of action.