The United States Women’s National Team will soon need to find a new general manager. Former soccer player and current USWNT leader Kate Markgraf is expected to step down as chief executive in late August, the United States Soccer Federation has confirmed.
Markgraf expressed pride in what she was able to accomplish during her tenure and was confident that the USWNT would continue to be successful after her departure.
“I’m proud of the foundations we’ve built, and even prouder of the character and commitment our players show as they represent the United States on and off the court,” Markgraf said in a statement. “I look forward to supporting all of our programs and am confident that we will maintain our standards of excellence in the future.”
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Markgraf was appointed to the role after the 2019 Women’s World Cup. She oversaw the search for a new coach following the departure of Jill Ellis.
USWNT COACH VLATKO ANDONOVSKI RESIGNS AFTER SHOCKING WOMEN’S WORLD CUP EXIT: REPORTS
Vlatko Andonovski took over after the departure of coach Jill Ellis, a two-time World Cup winner. He quit earlier this week after the upset loss in the round of 16. The shocking loss marked the American women’s first start of the tournament.
Andonovski received a lot of criticism during the World Cup regarding the substation schedule and his overall tactical strategy.
Markgraf appeared in 201 games during a playing career that spanned 12 years. She was a starter on the 1999 team that won the World Cup at the Rose Bowl and was also part of the 2003 and 2007 World Cup squads. She has been on three Olympic teams.
She played club soccer for the Boston Breakers of the WUSA and the Chicago Red Stars of the WPS. After retiring, she pursued two master’s degrees and worked as an animator.
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Markgraf was recently inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.