CHICAGO (October 28, 2019) – US Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro today named Vlato Andonovski as the ninth head coach in US national team history.
Andonovsky will be officially presented at a press conference today in New York at 4 PM ET. The event will be broadcast live on US Soccer's Facebook page, USWNT Twitter and ussoccer.com.
Andonovski (Ann-DON-ahv-skee), 43, comes to US Soccer after serving as head coach for all seven seasons of the National Women's Soccer League, a team that includes two championships with FC Kansas City (201
"We are excited to welcome Vlato to the American football family," Cordeiro said. "As one of the most successful coaches in NWSL history, he has been proven to be able to help world-class players reach their peak, inspire their teams and win championships. He is widely respected by players and leaders throughout our football community and possesses the work ethic and winning mentality to direct the greatest women's soccer program in history to their next era of success. "
" From the time I came on board, the main focus was on hiring a new coach for the US national team, "said Markgraf, the general manager of the US National Team, who leads the search for coaching." We have identified the qualities that we consider to be most important for this unique position, with which we have spoken to quite a few people from the women's soccer community in the country and around the world, and in the end, Vlatko found himself best with his experience with elite players. the game, how it coaches the game and manages the players and their overall personality and ability to handle a similar scale. I know that all players and staff are excited to start with him this new chapter in the history of the National Women's Team and begin the important job of ranking ng for the Olympics. "
Andonovsky will begin work immediately as he selects a roster and prepares for the last two US games in 2019 against Sweden on November 7 in Columbus, Ohio and Costa Rica on November 10 in Jacksonville, Flag. a great race will come during the Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women in Concaccaf, which will be held in late January and early February next year.
"First, I would like to thank the President of the United States Soccer Carlos Cordeiro, our General Manager of Kate's Women's National Team Markgraf and US Sports Director Ernie Stewart for the opportunity, "said Andonovski." It is a great honor for me and I am very excited to begin this group of players and staff as we work for the continued success of this program. All the talented coaches and players who have come before have built a legendary tradition of excellence and I am committed to working very hard to continue this program. ”
A native of Northern Macedonia who gained independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. Andonovski is a former professional player, ig Paragraph six seasons for clubs in the Macedonian football league. He came to the United States in 2000 when he signed with the Wichita Wings of the National Professional Football League and later played with the Kansas City Comets, California Cougars and Philadelphia Kixx of the Indoor Football League. He was a two-time MISL All-Star.
Andonovski follows Mike Ryan (1985), Anson Dorrance (1986-1994), Tony Dickico (1994-1999), April Heinrichs (2000-2004), Greg Ryan (2005-2007), Pia Sundhaj (2008-2011), Tom Sermann (2012-2014) and Jill Ellis (2014-2019) as official coaches of the # 1 US national women's team. in the world for all but a few months after 2008.
Andonovsky is the third youngest to be appointed head coach of WNT in the United States. Dorrance was 35 when he took up the post in 1986. Heinrichs was 36 when she took over in 2000.
Andonovsky holds a USSF "A" license, a NSCAA goalkeeping license, and a NSCAA premier license. In 2018, he completed the US Pro Pro licensing course.
Andonovski coached 165 games in the NWSL and made a record of 72-50-43 in the NWSL game, including the playoffs. The number of coaching matches ranks first in the league championship, and wins are tied for second all-time.
Andonovski was born in the capital of Skopje, Northern Macedonia, in the former Yugoslavia. As a player, he spent six years playing professionally in Europe with Macedonian clubs FK Rabotnički, Macedonia GP and FK Vardar before coming to the US to play professional indoor soccer.
Played in European competition for Macedonia GP in The UEFA Cup Intertoto Cup is the forerunner of the UEFA Europa League.
Andonovsky signed with the Wichita Wings of the National Professional Football League in 2000 and later played for the Kansas City Comets, California Cougars and Philadelphia Kixx of the Indoor Major Football League. With Comets, he was named Defender of the Year in 2002 and team MVP in 2005. He was a two-time MISL All-Star.
Andonovsky graduated from Park University in 2008 with a bachelor of arts degree. administration / management and earned a master's degree in coaching football from the University of Ohio in 2018.
Resides in Kansas City, Missouri, with his wife Biliana and their three children Dragan (17), Luke (13) and Darius (7).