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Vlatko Andonovski fielded MLS and international offers before NWSL return

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Former U.S. women’s national team manager Vlatko Andonovski received multiple job offers from the MLS and abroad before agreeing to become the coach of the Kansas City Current.

On Monday, Andonovski was named coach and sporting director of the Current, marking his return to the NWSL. According to Andonovski, he also had offers from MLS clubs, other NWSL clubs and other national teams.

“It’s not a secret that I did have offers from the NWSL. I had offers from MLS — it was mainly assistant coaching positions in MLS and even internationally from different national teams,” he said.

Ultimately, Andonovski decided to stay in Kansas City, where he says the community helped to lift him up after his disappointing showing at the World Cup and subsequent resignation from the USWNT. Andonovski previously coached former NWSL club FC Kansas City, winning two titles in 2014 and 205.

“Like I said, the moment that I talked to the ownership group here and they shared their vision and goals for this team, I think that it was very clear to me where I want to be and what I want to do in the future,” he said.