For once, American football does something clever. Federation has confirmed that it will announce the next USWNT manager on Monday, and numerous reports including Sports Illustrated Grant Wahl say Reign FC boss Vlato Andonovski will be the choice . Rejoice, because this is the right choice.
When manager Jill Ellis was dropped from the gig shortly after the World Cup, knowledgeable USWNT fans immediately found themselves Andonovsky as her logical replacement. His resume is sterling. He won back-to-back NWSL championships with FC Kansas City in 201
Perhaps the most important part of the USWNT Manager's job is to relate to a pool of players that is overflowing with great talents and strong personalities. Alice has encountered various players throughout her term, including most recently with Carly Lloyd . Andonovsky, at least initially, should have no problems there. He has already dealt with a handful of USWNT stars during his time around the NWSL, and his former accusations are big fans. Three current USWNTers who played for Andonovski – Rapinoe Long and Becky Sauerbrunn expressed their admiration for his intelligence as a tactical trainer and supported him for the job. Along with those who played for him, Andonovsky has built good relationships with other players from across the league who have seen his work from afar. In other words, Andonovski has the support of almost everyone involved to take on the role of 10th head coach in USWNT history.
So, how will the team under the 43-year-old Macedonian-American really play? This is more complicated. With all her success, Alice was a stubborn tactician who routinely made dubious substitution decisions . Eventually, was developed but it has long been felt that the team is capable of more . Andonovski is the opposite type of coach, preferring tactical experimentation and flexibility depending on the strengths and resistance of his team.
But don't expect too much rebates in the short-term change from USWNT to Andonovsky. The makeup and style of play of the team will probably not be too different during the Olympics next summer than at the World Cup last summer. Once the Olympics are over, the new coach will then have three whole years to put his personal touch on the 2023 World Cup team.
It won't be easy. Although Alice has her offenders, she still leaves a huge pair of shoes to fill as a two-time World Cup champion. The new manager will also have to deal with the delicate task of moving from the aging core of the team to a new generation of stars, which is a particularly touching issue when we are dealing with some great great times that will not be gentle this good night. But Andonovsky could not have been better prepared for success. He has a clean slate, an array of veteran talent and hungry starters and deep wells of support from everyone who matters. If his past achievements and fresh approach are indicative of future ones, there is no better man to lead the team forward into a new era.