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Andonovski adds familiar face Milan Ivanovic to USWNT staff

Ivanovic (L) with Andonovski at Reign FC (Photo Copyright Lewis Gettier for The Equalizer)

U.S. Soccer announced on Monday that new United States women’s national team head coach Vlatko Andonovski has added Milan Ivanovic to his technical staff as an assistant coach. Ivanovic has been Andonovski’s assistant for the past four National Women’s Soccer League seasons — two at Reign FC and two at FC Kansas City.

“Milan is a coach who is extremely dedicated and passionate about helping players reach their top level on the field,” Andonovski said in a statement. “He truly loves the game and is a tireless worker in his preparation for trainings, for matches and in scouting opponents. I know he’ll fit in extremely well with our technical and support staff and one of his big strengths is his ability to connect with players in a way that shows them that he always has their best interests as people and players in mind.”

In an interview with Sports Illustrated last week, Andonovski confirmed that he will be retaining goalkeeper coach Graeme Abel and high performance coach Dawn Scott, both of whom served the same roles under Jill Ellis.

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Like Andonovski, Ivanovic played professional indoor soccer. Ivanovic spent seven seasons combined with the Kansas City Comets and Tacoma Stars, including time under Andonovski when he was assistant coach and then head coach of the Comets. Ivanovic also played professionally in Serbia and grew up playing in the Red Star Belgrade youth system.

Andonovski and Ivanovic are both alumni of Park University.

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