US Women's Soccer: Kilgore Guides Team in 2023 Evolution
|Twila Kilgore head coach of United States talks to Naomi Girma of United States after winning a match between China and United States at DRV PNK Stadium on December 02, 2023 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.(Image-Getty)
In Frisco, Texas, the U.S. women's team, guided by interim head coach Twila Kilgore, is concluding their 2023 schedule with an aim to redefine their identity and enhance tactical prowess. Addressing reporters ahead of the China friendly on Tuesday, Kilgore emphasized the importance of showcasing both their existing strengths and the ongoing evolution within the team.
Acknowledging the team's significant history and its global impact in women's football, Kilgore expressed the commitment to preserving those elements while introducing new ideas, tactics, and a subtle shift in mentality. The program, deeply meaningful to many, seeks to maintain its exemplary status while embracing necessary changes.
Taking charge after Vlatko Andonovski's departure following the disappointing World Cup, Kilgore is serving on an interim basis until Emma Hayes assumes the role of head coach after Chelsea's current season concludes in May. Kilgore, set to continue as an assistant coach under Hayes, highlighted the challenge of integrating fresh faces swiftly into the team's identity, emphasizing the continuity of the team's ultimate goal.
Despite the need for quicker acclimatization, Kilgore emphasized the unchanged objective: to be offensive and defensive forces, dominant where possible, improve possession, and exhibit unwavering belief in winning under any circumstance. The team's transitional phase aims at not only preserving its legacy but also embracing innovation for sustained success.