Hours After Vlatko Andonovski’s Resignation News, USWNT Legend Carli Lloyd Showers Praises on Rival Team Coach for Recent Feat

Published 08/18/2023, 1:02 AM EDT

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The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 was a disappointing campaign for the defending champions USWNT. They suffered an early exit from the tournament, and both the players and the manager faced heavy criticism. Amidst this backdrop, one USWNT legend, Carli Lloyd, has chosen to praise a rival team’s coach for her recent achievements.

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USWNT coach Vlatko Andonovski recently announced his resignation, becoming a symbol of the team’s disappointing performance. However, it is not Andonovski who has caught the attention and admiration of Carli Lloyd. Lloyd, known for her outspoken nature and as a prominent spokesperson for the team, has showered praises upon England’s coach for their recent feat.

Carli Lloyd praises the ‘best manager’

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Unlike the USWNT, the England Women’s National Team has been excelling in the World Cup. Under the guidance of their coach, Sarina Wiegman, the Lionesses have reached the final and will be facing Spain with hopes of clinching the championship.

Wiegman, a Dutch-born coach, took over as the manager of England’s national team in 2020. Under her leadership, the Lionesses have not lost a single match in the tournament and are showing great strength and determination. Carli Lloyd, who has been a vocal critic of her own team’s performance throughout the World Cup, took to X to express her admiration for Wiegman. Lloyd stated, “Best manager by far!! Leading this England team with tactics and class!” 

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This unexpected praise from one of USWNT’s most prominent and respected players has not gone unnoticed. As they prepare to face Spain in the final, all eyes are on Wiegman to see if she can continue her remarkable run and secure the ultimate prize. While Lloyd’s praise for Wiegman is commendable, it raises questions about the future of the USWNT. With the resignation of Vlatko Andonovski, the team is now in search of a new coach.

USWNT is looking to replace Vlatko Andonovski

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Vlatko Andonovski’s tenure as coach of the US Women’s National Team came to a disappointing end during the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023. Despite high hopes, his team was unable to advance past the Round of 16. Also, Andonovski faced harsh criticism for his questionable decisions, particularly his reluctance to make substitutions. As a result, he has made the decision to resign from his role.

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The search is now on for a new coach, and reports suggest that former FC Barcelona Femení coach Lluis Cortes is at the top of the list. The US Soccer board views Cortes as an ideal candidate for the position, considering his success with Barcelona and recent departure from coaching the Ukrainian national team. It appears likely that Cortes will be chosen as the next coach to lead the USWNT.

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