Vlatko Andonovski’s longtime assistant coach Milan Ivanovic will join him with the United States women’s national team. U.S. Soccer named Ivanovic as an assistant for the World Cup winners Monday.
Ivanovic has been working with Andonovski since 2015, when the two coached FC Kansas City to the National Women’s Soccer League championship. They have worked together since, including during Andonovski’s two-year stint at Reign FC before he took the U.S. job. Ivanovic previously played for Andonovski as a member of the Major Indoor Soccer League’s Kansas City Comets.
“He truly loves the game and is a tireless worker in his preparation for trainings, for matches and in scouting opponents,” Andonovski said of Ivanovic in a statement issued by U.S. Soccer. “I know he’ll fit in extremely well with our technical and support staff and one of his big strengths is his ability to connect with players in a way that shows them that he always has their best interests as people and players in mind.”
Ivanovic enjoyed a playing career that started in his native Serbia in the Red Star Belgrade academy. In 2005, he moved to Kansas City to attend Park University, earning a bachelor’s degree in international business. Ivanovic went back to Serbia in 2009 to play for lower-league side Lokomotiva Belgrade before returning to Kansas City in 2012 to play indoor soccer under Andonovski.
The U.S. wraps up its 2019 schedule with a Nov. 7 game against Sweden in Columbus, Ohio and a Nov. 10 match versus Costa Rica in Jacksonville, Fla.