Podcast: USWNT coach Vlatko Andonovski on NWSL scandals


KC NWSL will play their home matches at Children’s Mercy Park in 2022.


The best women’s football league in the world is going through a crisis.

In a recent investigative report from The Athletic, players alleged that another longtime former coach, Paul Riley of North Carolina Courage, used his power and influence to sexually harass players and, in one case, forces a player to have sex with him. Riley was fired after the report was released.

The NWSL suspended all games last weekend and the league commissioner resigned. United States Women’s National Team coach Vlatko Andonovksi opened up about the scandal at Children’s Mercy Park on Tuesday and expressed concern about the league’s future. You’ll hear about him in this episode of The Star’s daily sports podcast, SportsBeat KC, with football writer Shaun Goodwin.

We also discuss many other football topics including the contract extension of Sporting KC captain Johnny Russell, the announcement that KC NWSL will play their home games at Children’s Mercy Park next year, and more.

History links:

In the midst of women’s football crisis: USWNT coach Vlatko Andonovksi condemns breach of trust

KC NWSL coach Hue WIlliams addresses NWSL scandal

USWNT coach Vlatko Andonovksi on NWSL scandals: “I’m worried about the league I love”

Captain of Sporting KC, 100 games played and a new contract. Johnny Russell is here to stay

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