United States women’s coach Vlatko Andonovski has resigned following their World Cup round of 16 exit against Sweden.
‘US Soccer and Andonovsky have parted ways by mutual agreement,’ a press release published on Thursday said, confirming information previously obtained by AFP from a source close to it.
Andonovsky, 46, has been at the helm of Team USA since October 2019. The American Federation said that interim assistance would be provided by Twyla Kilgore, who has served as an assistant for the past 18 months.
“It has been the honor of my life to coach the talented and hardworking players of Team USA over the past four years,” Vlatko Andonovski said in the same statement, adding that he is “proud of the progress” he has made “regardless of the World Cup results.” , and elimination in the round of 16.
Under the former club coach’s guidance at the women’s championships, the Americans won a bronze medal at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics after losing to Canada in the semifinals.
The double defending champions, the US women were undefeated in the round of 16 of the Women’s World Cup, which is currently being held in Oceania, losing on penalties against Sweden (0-0 AP) on August 6.
With the announcement of the retirement of star Megan Rapinoe, 38, with the Paris 2024 Games in mind, Andonovski’s successor will have the task of swiftly leading Team USA into a new era.