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Could Vlatko Andonovski be the next KC Current head coach?



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Vlatko Andonovski has stepped down from his position as head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team, which was expected as the team exited the Women’s World Cup in the Round of 16 after their loss to Sweden, their earliest exit ever. Even before the official announcement tied to his resignation, Meg Lineman from The Athletic reported that “Andonovski has interest from multiple clubs already.”

Jeff Carlisle from ESPN then later reported that Andonovski “is a candidate to become the next manager of the Kansas City Current.” And Caitlin Murray, also from ESPN, also added that the NWSL coaching job that Andonovski is up for is for the Current coaching position.

By the reports and speculation, Vlatko Andonovski could be the next head coach of the KC Current. It wouldn’t be a surprising hire, and perhaps why the Current have continued with interim head coach Caroline Sjöblom, despite sitting at the bottom of the NWSL standings this far into the season. Sjöblom took over after Matt Potter’s dismissal after a 0-3 start.

Maybe, just maybe, the Current have had Andonovski as their next head coach, at some point. His contract with the national team was due to expire at the end of the year or likely not renewed if the USWNT had not won the World Cup or simply if his cycle had just come to an end, even if the U.S. had won.

Andonovski still resides in Kansas City and has been sighted at Current games since their return to the city. His hiring would be a good choice, and he is, despite his lack of success with the national team – winning an Olympic medal & a World Cup in his 4 years, the best candidate for the Current. Some may disqualify him based on his record with the USWNT and the latest result in the World Cup, but his resume in the NWSL is among the best in the history of the league.

Time will tell, of course. Nothing is official at this point. All the news on Andonovski is that he is a candidate for KC, and the Current will likely give Sjöblom an opportunity to finish the 2023 season before making an any sort of announcement, and should she somehow succeed to get the Current to reach the NWSL playoffs and win the Challenge Cup, she could very well likely be a good candidate herself.



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