How did Vlatko Andonovski go from an unknown coach from the indoor soccer world in 2012 to the head coach of the two-time defending World Cup champion United States women’s national team? Persistence and preparation, for starters. Andonovski joins the Kickin’ Back podcast for a discussion with me, Jeff Kassouf, about his coaching journey, learning the women’s soccer landscape from scratch in the National Women’s Soccer League, hard lessons along the way, and the state of the U.S. team — which just began a training camp for the first time in over seven months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is Andonovski’s journey in his own words — one we probably could have spent triple the time talking about. For more background, read this feature from last year on how Andonovski prepared for the job, a piece which United Soccer Coaches honored as the 2019 feature of the year.
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Editing and production: Claire Watkins.