Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji
With the Gold Cup and the Olympics less than a year away, the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) is in quick need of a coach.
After Vlatko Andonovski’s resignation following the team’s disappointing World Cup, roster evaluation and a tactical plan can’t be delayed much further.
Former Andonovski assistant Twila Kilgore will lead the team for their September and October friendlies.
Those games will balance introducing new ideas and players to the roster and saying goodbye to a number of veterans.
U.S. Soccer technical director Matt Crocker said this week that the plan is to have a permanent manager in place by December.
“This is very much a Chicago-based role, someone that’s in and around the office environment 365,” he said.
The Thorns and the Reign won’t just be playing for bragging rights this weekend.
With a win, Portland could possibly overtake San Diego to shoot back to the top of the NWSL table, and Seattle is only two points behind their rivals.
The Thorns will likely have to overcome the absence of Golden Boot leader Sophia Smith, who is dealing with an MCL sprain.
The Reign will also look to bounce back after an unceremonious ending to their Challenge Cup campaign last Wednesday.
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