June 12, 2024

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USA coach Vlatko Andonovski (R) comforts midfielder #10 Lindsey Horan (L) at the end of the Australia and New Zealand 2023 Women's World Cup round of 16 football match between Sweden and USA at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium on August 6, 2023.
USA coach Vlatko Andonovski comforts midfielder Lindsey Horan on the finish of the Australia and New Zealand 2023 Ladies’s World Cup spherical of 16 soccer match between Sweden and USA at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium on August 6, 2023. WILLIAM WEST/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

U.S. girls’s nationwide crew coach Vlatko Andonovski has resigned, an individual accustomed to the choice instructed The Related Press on Wednesday.

The transfer comes lower than two weeks after the Individuals have been knocked out of the Ladies’s World Cup sooner than ever earlier than.

The individual spoke to the AP on situation of anonymity as a result of the transfer had not been formally introduced. An announcement was anticipated Thursday.

The four-time event champions struggled all through the World Cup. A victory over Vietnam to kick off the group stage was adopted by a pair of attracts towards Netherlands and Portugal — barely sufficient to get the crew into the knockout stage,

The Individuals performed nicely within the Spherical of 16 towards Sweden, however in the end fell on penalties after a scoreless tie. The U.S. scored simply 4 targets over the course of the event.

The US had by no means completed worse that third on the World Cup.

The 46-year-old Andonovski was named coach of the US in October 2019, taking on for Jill Ellis, who led the US to back-to-back World Cup titles. He completed 51-5-9 throughout his time with the crew, and was 3-2-5 in main tournaments.

Following the match towards Sweden, Andonovski mentioned he wasn’t eager about his future with the crew — solely his younger gamers. Fourteen gamers on the U.S. roster have been showing of their first World Cup, and 12 of them had by no means performed in a serious event.

“We spent 4 years collectively. They obtained their first caps with me, they obtained their first national-team call-ups with me,” Andonovski mentioned. “We spent powerful occasions, good occasions. I don’t need to see them like that. That’s all I take into consideration.”

It wasn’t simply the World Cup that harm Andonovski’s probabilities of conserving his job. The US additionally completed with a disappointing bronze medal on the Tokyo Olympics.

Following the Olympics, Andonovski turned his consideration on creating younger gamers forward of the World Cup. A few of the gamers who emerged have been Sophia Smith, final yr’s U.S. Soccer Participant of the Yr, and Trinity Rodman.

The US was bitten by accidents within the run-up to the event, shedding a pair of key gamers. Mallory Swanson injured her knee throughout a pleasant in April, and captain Becky Sauerbrunn couldn’t recuperate from a foot harm in time.

Promising younger ahead Catarina Macario tore her ACL enjoying for her membership crew Lyon final yr and in addition wasn’t able to play within the World Cup.

The World Cup was difficult for a lot of elite groups due to the ever-growing parity within the girls’s sport. Germany, Brazil and Canada, the winners in Tokyo, additionally obtained knocked out early. Sunday’s last between England and Spain in Sydney will give the event a first-time winner.

Andonovski was head coach of Seattle’s OL Reign within the Nationwide Ladies’s Soccer League when he was employed. Throughout his seven years within the NWSL, he led the now-defunct FC Kansas Metropolis from the league’s inception in 2013 till the membership folded in 2017, successful two league titles with the crew.

Andonovski, a local of Skopje, Macedonia, performed for a number of groups in Europe earlier than embarking on an expert indoor soccer profession in the US.

His predecessor on the U.S. crew, Ellis, was named coach of the crew in 2014 and led the U.S. to eight general event titles, together with victories on the World Cup in 2015 and 2019. Over the course of her tenure, the US misplaced simply seven matches.

Now the method will begin to discover a substitute, and the timeline is comparatively quick. The US has already certified for the 2024 Olympics in France.

Earlier than that, the crew has a pair of exhibition matches towards South Africa on Sept. 21 in Cincinnati and Sept. 24 in Chicago.