A day after US Soccer and the women’s World Cup team coach Vlatko Andonovski parted ways, sources confirmed to Fox Sports that Kate Markgraf will not continue as general manager. USWNT,

This news was first reported by The Equalizer’s Jeff Cassouf.

Unlike Andonovsky’s departure, Markgraf’s exit is not related to the Americans’ poor performance. 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cupwhere america got wiped out Sweden in the round of 16. The USWNT had never finished worse than third in any of the previous eight tournaments.

Markgraf, 46, who was appointed as the first GM in the program’s history shortly after the US won its second consecutive World Cup in 2019, decided not to sign a contract extension before the tournament, which is scheduled for Sunday’s final. will end with England And spain ,Coverage begins at 5 a.m. ET on FOX and the FOX Sports app with kickoff at 6 a.m. ET), started last month. His current deal expires this month.

As a player, Markgraf (née Sobrero) made over 200 appearances as a defender for the USWNT. She played in three World Cups and was a member of the iconic 1999 team that won the title on home soil. She is also a two-time Olympic gold medalist, having been a member of the victorious US team at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Games.

Markgraf was less successful in the GM role for the USWNT. Andonovsky was his mercenary – a well-received man at the time who nevertheless failed to deliver on that promise. The United States finished a disappointing third in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics under Andonovsky. The team was weak in the 2023 World Cup, scoring just one goal in their last three matches.

Markgraf’s name was conspicuously absent from US Soccer’s announcement that Andonovski had stepped down, the first sign that she might not return as GM. It is unclear whether the GM role will continue for the USWNT; Former US men’s national team GM Brian McBride was not retained after his contract expired in January and has not been replaced. A US Soccer spokesperson did not comment specifically on the women’s GM situation when contacted on Friday, saying only that “all things are being considered and evaluated as part of the review process following the World Cup.”

A US Soccer spokesperson told Fox Sports that the future of the position will be determined after the World Cup during a review process by US Soccer sporting director Matt Crocker.

With Markgraf out, the task of finding Andonovski’s replacement will fall to Crocker, who was appointed in April to oversee the federation’s men’s, women’s, youth national team programs.

“Our commitment to excellence is unwavering,” Crocker said in Thursday’s statement. He added that the federation has a plan in place that will “lay the foundation for our women’s national team to achieve greater heights in the years to come.”

Whether that plan includes hiring someone to replace Markgraf as GM remains to be seen.

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 United States of america Men’s and women’s national teams at multiple FIFA World Cups. Follow him on Twitter @by Doug McIntyre,

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