Vlatko Andonovski cites refereeing, bad luck in latest USWNT loss

Megan Rapinoe scored the team's lone goal in the loss to Germany. (Omar Vega/Getty Images)

As the noise around the U.S. women’s national team’s third-straight loss grows louder, head coach Vlatko Andonovski remains cool, calm and collected.

The USWNT is in the midst of its longest losing streak since 1993 after falling 2-1 to Germany in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Thursday night. But if you ask Andonovski, while he wasn’t happy with the result, the fault doesn’t all lie with his squad.

“I think the referees took some things away from us,” he said. “I don’t want to comment a lot on it, but I feel like the game was a little bit too much for them.”

On the bright side, the USWNT wasn’t blanked by Germany. Veteran forward Megan Rapinoe scored, with an assist from Alex Morgan.

But the team struggled in other areas, particularly in transition. Both goals allowed by the USWNT came on the counterattack, and while Casey Murphy had bright spots in net, she couldn’t keep Germany off the scoreboard.

“I don’t want to say I’m concerned, because I’m not,” Andonovski continued. “I trust these players. I believe that these players are capable of scoring goals … I’m not concerned, but I for sure wanted to score more goals.”

As for why the team didn’t score more goals, again Andonovski had a ready excuse. After all, twice a shot from Lindsey Horan ricocheted off the goal frame.

“We didn’t see the final touch. That is what we were missing,” he said. “Even though I do want to say that we were a little bit unlucky a couple of times. I think Lindsey (Horan) hit the crossbar, hit the post. So that was positive, but not quite good enough to make a difference.”