US Soccer just announced the new USWNT coach — here’s everything you need to know about Vlatko Andonovski

US Soccer just announced the new USWNT coach — here's everything you need to know about Vlatko Andonovski

Vlatko Andonovski will be the next head coach of the United States Women's National Team (USWNT).
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The search for Ellis' replacement began shortly after she announced her retirement, and rumors swirled about the US Soccer federation's potential picks — including England manager Phil Neville, Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro, NC Courage head coach Paul Reilly, and Utah Royals head coach Laura Harvey.

NC Courage head coach Paul Reilly.
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On Sunday, Reilly led the the Courage to its second consecutive National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) championship with a 4-0 victory over Sam Kerr's Chicago Red Stars.

But ultimately, the US Soccer Federation went in a different direction, settling on Vlatko Andonovski as the next head coach of the United States Women's National Team.

Vlatko Andonovski.
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The 43-year-old was recently named the NWSL Coach of the Year after leading the injury-laden Seattle Reign to their second consecutive playoff semifinal.

Vlatko Andonovski.
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A number of current USWNT stars spoke highly of Andonovski to the federation. Megan Rapinoe, who currently plays for the Macedonian-American coach in Seattle, sang his praises before he was chosen for the job.

Megan Rapinoe and Vlatko Andonovski.
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Andonovski took over the helm for the Reign in 2018, he coached the NWSL's FC Kansas City for four seasons and led them to back-to-back league championships before the club folded in 2017.

Vlatko Andonovski looks on as his Kansas City squad takes on the Washington Spirit in 2017.
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Today, Andonovski is known as the best tactical coach in the NWSL, which is widely regarded as the world's premier women's soccer league.

Vlatko Andonovski.
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He has a reputation for developing his players and has a strong understanding of the US youth soccer system, from which the USWNT draws its talent.

Vlatko Andonovski.
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The federation announced the pick on Monday afternoon with a press conference featuring Andonovski, US Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro, and USWNT General Manager Kate Markgraf.

But Andonovski has his work cut out for him as he prepares to take over the helm of the world's best women's soccer team.

Vlatko Andonovski.
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Starting defender Crystal Dunn may be sidelined for the USWNT's final friendlies of the year due to an ankle injury she sustained during Sunday's NWSL championship match.

Crystal Dunn dons a boot on her right foot after the NWSL championship game.
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Star striker Alex Morgan, who announced her pregnancy last week, may not return in time for the 2020 Olympics.

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And 37-year-old USWNT legend Carli Lloyd, who publicly scorned Ellis for failing to start her during the team's 2019 World Cup run, has threatened to retire should she not play a larger role on the team in the 2020 Olympics.

Carli Lloyd.
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Andonovski will have his first chance to gel with the current national team players next week as they take on Sweden and Costa Rica in their final two friendlies of the year.

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Now read more on Carli Lloyd's plans to join the NFL after her soccer career comes to a close:

Carli Lloyd.
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