with Wednesday’s news that United States Women’s National Team coach Vlatko Andonovsky is resigning After four years at the helm, the US Soccer Federation will begin the search for a new coach to lead the Quad world Cup Champions.
After a disappointing third-place finish at the Tokyo Olympics two summers ago, the 46-year-old Andonovki saw off the USWNT’s worst performance at a World Cup in the program’s long and illustrious history.
Time is not on the side of the federation. The Paris Olympics are now starting in less than a year. Who will the USSF approach to fill one of the most coveted jobs in sports?
Here are 10 possible replacements, listed alphabetically:
Sonia Bompastor, 43, Lyon
Olympique Lyonnais is the standard-bearer in the feminine women’s club game, with a squad filled with elite players from around the world – including USWNT co-captains. Lindsay Horan, Its coach is therefore the obvious candidate for the planet’s highest-profile national team. Bompaster, who spent part of his playing career in the US, has been Lyon’s manager since being promoted from the team’s academy in 2021, winning two Ligue 1 titles and the UEFA Champions League in 2022. Her current relationship with Horan, is one of the USWNT. Prominent leaders also can’t hurt.
The ‘World Cup Now’ crew discusses the potential Top 10 coaching candidates for the USWNT
The ‘World Cup Now’ crew talks about their top 10 coaching candidates for the USWNT head coach after the vacancy ends early.
Jill Ellis, 56, president, san diego wave
Ellis led the US to back-to-back World Cup titles in 2015 and ’19, a feat accomplished by only one other coach, male or female. She then drifted off shore and showed little desire to return; Ellis has since worked with FIFA and as president of the San Diego Wave of the NWSL.
It is believed that both he and US Soccer are not interested in a reunion. But stranger things have happened, Ellis remains the most successful coach of all time in USWNT history, and no one knows the USWNT player pool better. Could he be tempted to return to the States for the 2027 World Cup, potentially hosting it?
Tony Gustavson, 49, Australia
His top assistant in both of Ellis’ World Cup victories, the Swedish player was instrumental in that success behind the scenes. He parlayed that experience into key work with the co-hosts of the 2023 World Cup.
Australia’s results have been all over the map since Gustavsson signed, but he led it Matilda’s In the magic race of semi-finalsWho enthralled the host nation before a disappointing 3-1 defeat to England on Wednesday.
Laura Harvey, 43, official language rule
Andonovski narrowly beat out former US U-20 coach Harvey for the position four years ago. She might be a favorite now. Harvey recently signed a new contract to stay in Seattle and it seems he prefers everyday work to the club environment. But while the view among USWNT insiders was that she was not interested or available, Harvey appeared to leave the door open in comments made less than 24 hours after the Americans were ousted from Down Under.
“The US women’s national team is probably the top job in the world,” he said. “If my name is even around this, it is an honour. First and foremost, my priority is governance.”
Emma Hayes, 46, Chelsea
native of England Like Harvey, Hayes is one of the most successful coaches in women’s club soccer. She got her first managerial job at the age of 24 with the Long Island Lady Riders in the developmental W-League, and was named the circuit’s coach of the year in her second season.
He then coached NCAA team Iona for four years, returned to London as an assistant at Arsenal, then spent three seasons at the top of the NWSL. chicago red stars before moving back overseas to take charge of Chelsea in 2012 – later telling Chelsea TV that his coaching career was “made in America”.
Under Hayes’ leadership, the Blues have won each of the last four English titles.
Mark Parsons, 36, Washington Spirit
Perhaps the least likely choice of those listed here, Parsons’s background is interesting nonetheless. Most notable in history for working with youth players, although he has also been head coach at the highest level and led Netherlands From 2021 to last year’s European Championship.
That job didn’t go well for him, but it didn’t take long for Spirit to re-hire his former boss, who won five trophies in five seasons with the Portland Thorns and was also the NWSL coach of the year in 2016.
Hervé Renard, 54, France
Renard specializes in working with national teams, especially men’s teams. He is the only coach to win the African Nations Cup with two different countries (Ivory Coast and zambia), able Morocco to the 2018 World Cup – the Atlas Lions’ first trip in two decades – and the shock blow last November to eventual winners Saudi Arabia Argentina Qatar in 2022.
he came to blues‘Rescued in March, when a player rebellion forced the departure of longtime France boss Corinne Diacre, but is not expected to stay on beyond this World Cup.
Casey Stoney, 41, san diego wave
Just five years removed from his playing days, Stoney already has a solid resume as a coach — even if he’s probably a longshot contender for the All-American post. Hired by Ellis before San Diego’s inaugural season in 2022, he led the Wave to a third-place finish during the regular season and later earned NWSL Coach of the Year honors.
The former England national team great managed Manchester United for three seasons, before moving to California. In 2009, at the age of 28, he also spent four months as player-manager of Chelsea.
Piya Sundge, 63, Brazil
One of the most influential figures in women’s soccer history could be available at this World Cup after Brazil’s shocking group stage exit. She previously led the USWNT from 2007–2012, in which she won two Olympic gold medals and a silver medal at the 2011 Women’s World Cup, which the US lost. Japan on penalty.
Sundge then took over in her native Sweden and demonstrated it by winning a silver medal at the 2016 Summer Games. She also won the Copa América Femina title with Brazil in 2022 and was a finalist for FIFA’s Coach of the Year on five occasions, winning the award once.
Sarina Wiegmann, 53, England
She’s the highest-paid coach in women’s soccer for a reason: The Dutch-born Wigman is widely regarded as the best manager working in the sport today. He has lost only one of his 27 major tournament matches so far, and his teams have won each of the last two European titles (Netherlands in 2017, Lyons last summer).
Among those continental victories, she was a World Cup runner-up when orange Lost the 2019 final to the Americans in France. But she may soon be claiming the ultimate prize of the game; England face Spain in the World Cup final on Sunday (coverage begins at 5am ET). with kickoff at 6 a.m. ET on Fox and the Fox Sports app,
Wigman’s contract does not expire until 2025. But if she’s interested in reviving the most successful women’s program ever — and if she becomes USSF sports director Matt Crocker’s top choice — the feds will be prepared to break the bank on her.
Doug McIntyre is a football writer for Fox Sports. Prior to joining Fox Sports in 2021, he was a staff writer with ESPN and Yahoo Sports and has covered the United States men’s and women’s national teams at multiple FIFA World Cups. Follow him on Twitter @by Doug McIntyre,
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