Recognition for Diaspora Contribution 2023
is awarded to
for his outstanding contributions to the Macedonian community in the area of Leadership and Advocacy
Vlatko Andonovski has been awarded the Macedonia2025 Recognition for Diaspora Contribution in acknowledgment of his steadfast commitment in the domain of Leadership and Advocacy, where he is showcasing exceptional leadership skills or advocating for Macedonian interests. Moreover, through his professional success, he exerts a positive influence on the global promotion and affirmation of his homeland, contributing to increased awareness and understanding of Macedonia and its people on an international scale.
Vlatko Andonovski, originally from Skopje, became a U.S. citizen in 2015. He graduated from Park University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration/management and obtained a Master’s in Soccer Coaching Education from Ohio University in 2017. Residing in Kansas City, Missouri, he lives with his wife Biljana and their three children, Dragana, Luka, and Daria.
Andonovski played as a center-back in Europe with clubs like FK Rabotnički, Makedonija GP, and FK Vardar. He shifted to the U.S. for professional indoor soccer and played for various teams, earning accolades including Defender of the Year and being named MVP.
In his coaching journey, he led the professional indoor team Kansas City Comets to a MISL title in 2014-2015. He also served as an assistant coach for the Comets and eventually became the head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2019. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, he won his first 11 games as head coach, establishing a record for the best start in USWNT history. However, he stepped down from the head coach position of the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2023.
Likewise, it is our pleasure to share a short video highlighting Mr. Andonovski’ professional acknowledgment:
President Pendarovski personally awarded Mr. Andonovski with the 2023 Recognition for Diaspora Contribution on the Macedonia2025 Fundraising Gala held in Chicago on September 23, 2023.
The Macedonia2025 organization is proud to recognize Mr. Andonovski for his remarkable contributions and aspires to see their example inspire others to create a positive impact within their respective communities.