Report: USWNT to hire Vlatko Andonovski to replace Jill Ellis

Vlatko Andonovski is expected to leave his position as Reign FC coach and take over the USWNT. (Getty Images)
Vlatko Andonovski is expected to leave his position as Reign FC coach and take over the USWNT. (Getty Images)

The U.S. women’s national soccer team has reportedly made a decision on its next coach. According to Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl, Vlatko Andonovski will be hired to coach the USWNT, following the team’s triumph at the 2019 Women’s World Cup.

Andonovski, 43, is the current head coach of Reign FC of the National Women’s Soccer League. He’s been with Reign for two seasons, and prior to that he was the very first coach of FC Kansas City, also of the NWSL. He won two titles with Kansas City over his four years with the team.

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According to Wahl, Andonovski was the preferred choice to replace Jill Ellis, who announced she was stepping down in July and officially left the job in early October. Sources who spoke to Wahl said that players had been consulted during the search for Ellis’s replacement, and Andonovski was their top pick.

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