FC Kansas City and the Missouri Comets each made a move on Thursday to keep coach Vlatko Andonovski around long term. Although details of the contracts were not disclosed, both teams agreed to a three-year contract extension.
“I’m very excited about the opportunity that was given to me to begin with, but also even more excited that I will have the same opportunity for another three years,” Andonovski said. “I really enjoy working with the groups of players I have on the men and women’s sides. I enjoyed the community and the people that are supporting us, and I have a good working relationship with the ownership group.”
Andonovski has built FC Kansas City into the National Women’s Soccer League’s most consistent teams during the league’s first two seasons. The Blues have a league-best 23 victories and have been to the postseason twice in that span. This August, the Blues defeated Seattle Reign FC 2-1 to take the NWSL title as well.
It was the second championship in five months for Andonovski, who led the Comets to their first Major Indoor Soccer League title in March. The Comets defeated the Baltimore Blast in a three-game series.
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Andonovski, who was a two-time All-Star selection as a player with the Comets, served as an assistant for three years before taking the head coaching job. He joined the Blues for the inaugural NWSL season in 2013.
The Comets opened their season with a 13-4 victory against the Dallas Sidekicks and will face the Chicago Mustangs on Saturday at 7 p.m. They will play host to the Milwaukee Wave at 7 p.m. on Nov. 15 in their home opener at the Independence Events Center.