USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonvski doesn’t agree with recent comments made by former greats Heather O’Reilly and Carli Lloyd following the team’s loss to Germany.
The 2-1 loss was the team’s third straight, the first time they’ve lost three consecutive games since 1993. Both Lloyd and O’Reilly took to Twitter to criticize the team’s performance, citing the team’s mentality.
On Saturday, Andonovski called the two “legends” but said that he doesn’t agree with the sentiments they expressed.
“I consider both of them my friends and they’re entitled to an opinion,” he said. “But at the same time, I would tend to disagree with the mentality piece that they’re talking about. I see these players on a daily basis, and I see what they do every day, and I see how they step on the field and everything that they put in.
“So I believe in this group of players. And I believe that they’re moving in the right direction.”
Much has been made of the team’s three-game skid, particularly with less than a year until the World Cup. Andonovski said Saturday that the scheduling was intentional and that he’s taking responsibility for ensuring that the team is prepared for next summer’s tournament.
The team enters the World Cup as defending champions and will be looking for their fifth World Cup title.
“We want to develop the players. We want to win games. And sometimes all of them don’t line up,” he continued. “Sometimes it takes a little bit of time.”