[U.S. UNDER-18 NATIONAL TEAM] Mike Matkovich
, who founded the Chicago Magic youth club and served as an assistant coach at
Toronto FC and Chivas USA, has been named head coach of the U.S. under-18 boys national team.
Matkovich replaces Bob Jenkins
, who left to take
over the Richmond Strikers' program.
Matkovoch's vast experience also includes serving as an assistant coach of the NPSL's Chicago Power (1990-94) and head coach of the
PDL's Chicago Fire Reserves (2002-06).
The U-18 program aids in the transition for younger players between the U-17 and U-20 teams.
Matkovich's first camp with
the U-18s will be a 72-player mega camp at The Home Depot Center from Dec. 28-Jan. 5.