, the Macedonian-born coach who built FC Kansas City into the NWSL's only back-to-back champions, will become the head coach and general manager of the Seattle Reign following
the resignation of Laura Harvey
, who also stepped down after five seasons. The Reign is the only back-to-back NWSL Shield champion, winning the titles in the same years FC Kansas City won
the postseason championship. NWSL coaching records: Vlatko Andonovski (
FC Kansas City): 47-37-25
champions (2014, 2015).
Laura Harvey (Seattle Reign):
NWSL Shield champions (2014, 2015).
Andonovski came to the United States to play indoor
soccer and was working as an assistant club with the indoor Kansas City Comets when he was hired as FC Kansas City's first coach. He later spent four seasons as the Comets head coach.
Kansas City won the 2014 and 2015 NWSL championships with a team built around such U.S. stars as Becky Sauerbrunn
, Lauren Holiday
, Heather O'Reilly
and Amy Rodriguez
Retirements took their toll on FC Kansas City, which has finished sixth and seventh in the NWSL the last two seasons. Following an ownership change, attendance dropped to 1,788 a game in 2017,
raising questions about the future of the club.
Harvey came to Seattle from Arsenal Ladies. After a terrible first season -- 5-14-3 -- the Reign won the regular-season titles in 2014 and
2015. It had winning records in 2016 and 2017 but finished fifth both seasons and failed to make the playoffs.
FourFourTwo's Richard Farley reported that Harvey, tipped as a candidate for the England's women's national team
job, will likely move to U.S. Soccer, joining the women's national team program, where she has worked as a U-23 coach.
departures of Andonovski and Harvey leave the Chicago Red Stars' Rory Dames as the only head coach of an NWSL founding team still with the same team.