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Official: Andonovski succeeds Ellis as USWNT coach

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US Soccer Federation has officially appointed Vlatko Andonovski as the successor to Jill Ellis as the new manager of the women’s national team.

USSF president Carlos Cordeiro officially unveiled Andonovski, today.

It has been a long process for the American footballing powers that be.

It is no easy task to replace an outgoing coach who just lifted the World Cup for the second time in succession.

In an official statement from Cordeiro on ussoccer.com broke the news.

He said:

“We are thrilled to welcome Vlatko to the U.S. Soccer family.”

“As one of the most accomplished coaches in the NWSL history, he’s proven he can help world-class players reach their peak, inspire his teams and win championships.”

“He is widely respected by players and leaders across our soccer community.”

“He has the work ethic and winning mentality to guide the greatest women’s soccer program in history into their next era of success.”

USWNT general manager Kate Markgraf beleives of all the potential candidates, Andonovski was the best fit.

She said:

“From the moment I came aboard, the main focus has been on hiring a new U.S. Women’s National Team coach.”

“We identified the qualities we thought were most important for this unique position.”

“We talked to quite a few people in the women’s soccer community domestically and around the world.”

“In the end, Vlatko was the best fit.”

“His experience with elite players, how he sees the game, how he coaches the game and manages players, and his overall personality and ability to take on a job of this magnitude.”

“I know all the players and staff are excited.”

“This begins a new chapter in Women’s National Team history with him and start the important work towards qualifying for the Olympics.”

Andonovski himself is thrilled with the opportunity.

He said:

“First, I want to sincerely thank U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro, our Women’s National Team General Manager Kate Markgraf and U.S. Soccer Sporting Director Earnie Stewart for this opportunity.”

“It’s a huge honor and I’m very excited to get started with this group of players and staff as we work towards continued success for this program.”

“All of the talented coaches and players that have come before have built a legendary tradition of excellence.”

“I’m committed to working very hard to continue to move this program forward.”

World Cup star and FIFA’s The Best female player Megan Rapinoe knows the new manager well.

Rapinoe said:

“His tactical flexibility and knowledge are tremendous.”

“Even being in the NWSL, I don’t think he’s really able to put on his full arsenal of what he knows.”

Whatever is said, and whatever his track record, he has his work cut out to maintain the kind of success that the USWNT has become accustomed too.