Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Kirovski: the forgotten star of U.S. soccer
San Diego Union-Tribune, April 29th, 2010 2:41AM

MOST READ


San Diego area product Jovan Kirovski, now with the Los Angeles Galaxy, was signed by Manchester United at age 16, transferred to Germany’s Borussia Dortmund won a UEFA Champions League title. He signed a big-money deal with legendary Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon and later played three seasons in England. He played 62 times for the USA. But Kirovski remains the forgotten star of American soccer, perhaps because he never played in a World Cup.

Mark Zeigler checked in with the 34-year-old Kirovski, who said, "I mean, I know I’m toward the end. But I’m enjoying it. I still feel good. I feel I can perform at a good level and help the team, and as long as I can help the team, I’ll keep going."

Kirovski's career remains an enigma to many. He was part of a legendary Man United youth academy group that included David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers. Steve Kelly, Giggs’ youth coach, told Sports Illustrated in 1995: “Jovan can make as much of an impact on world soccer as Giggs. In two years he’ll be a big name. I’d bet my life on him.”

Kirovski has no regrets that he didn't live up to those expectations: "I have none. I’ve been to some places where (American players) haven’t been. I’ve been able to play with some big clubs, and looking back maybe I didn’t get to play enough at certain clubs, but how do you turn that down?

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Guardiola: I Would Leave Bayern if Asked    
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola said he would be happy to leave the German giant after ...
Hazard a 'Major Doubt' for UCL Semi    
Chelsea on Friday confirmed that playmaker Eden Hazard is "major doubt" for Tuesday's UEFA Champions League ...
Neymar to Miss at Least Four Weeks     
Barcelona starlet Neymar looks set to miss the rest of the season after suffering an injury ...
Klinsmann on Altidore's Situation    
In the latest edition of Road to the Roster, U.S. men's national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann ...
Liverpool Players Lead PFA Awards Lists     
Liverpool trio Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard were nominated for the Professional Footballers' Association's ...
Cruyff: Barca Needs to Restore Laporta, Guardiola     
Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff thinks the best way to turn the Catalan giant's fortunes around is ...
Ronaldo Could Miss First Game vs. Bayern     
Cristiano Ronaldo watched from the stands as Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-1 in the Copa del ...
Report: Moyes Must Qualify for Europa League    
Manchester United coach David Moyes is understood to be under pressure from the Glazer family, the ...
Bayern Eases into German Cup Final     
Bayern Munich on Wednesday remained on course for a record 17th German Cup by crushing second ...
Pellegrini: 'Mentally Tired' City Not Out of Title Race    
Manuel Pellegrini admitted that Manchester City is mentally tired after his team could only manage a ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives