Jovan Kirovski moved up the ladder this past week in the front office for Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy.
On Thursday, Kirovski was named the club’s first-ever Technical Director. He will be responsible for scouting and evaluating talent locally and abroad in the Galaxy’s ongoing attempts to build bridges with the world. Well done, that man.
“I am excited to begin this next chapter of my career and feel that with my history as both a player in MLS and abroad, as well as my time spent as a coach, I am perfectly suited for this role as the club’s first Technical Director,” Kirovski told LAGalaxy.com. “I was born and raised in Southern California and I love being a part of this club and helping it continue to expand and grow as the premier club in Major League Soccer.”
“We are very pleased to be able to move Jovan into this new position as our Technical Director,” Arena added. “His experience as both a player and as a coach will be invaluable as he works to support both our first team and our Academy program.”
So, who is going to fill in those shoes at the assistant manager spot? Why, another former Galaxy player, of course! And that would be Pat Noonan, who retired from the game this week to put his coaching skills to the test. Noonan, as many who follow MLS know, most associated with his work as a member of the New England Revolution but really left his mark as a mentor to the young up-and-comers on the Galaxy Reserves.
“I have the utmost respect for Bruce and all the coaches here with the Galaxy and could not think of a better club with which to begin my coaching career,” Noonan told LAGalaxy.com on his hire. “I am truly grateful for the all the things that I have been able to experience and all of the wonderful people that I was able to meet during my 10 years playing this game professionally.
“I look forward to continuing that journey as I begin the next chapter of my soccer career.”
“We’re delighted to bring Pat onto our coaching staff,” Arena said of Noonan’s hire. “In his short tenure with the Galaxy, he earned the respect of our coaches and our players and I believe that he will develop into an outstanding coach.”
Two players on the Galaxy first team, defender Oscar Sorto and midfielder Jose Villareal, are on their way to a training camp in Mexico for the U.S. Under-20 National Team ahead of the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Puebla from Feb. 18 to Mar. 3. Finally, the Galaxy will be making a few selections in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, which will be streamed globally on ESPN3, ESPNFC, MLSsoccer.com, LAGalaxy.com, YouTube and several other sites online.
“We are taking a more progressive and fan-centric approach to how we’re distributing and producing the 2013 MLS SuperDraft,” said MLS chief marketing officer Howard Handler to MLSSoccer.com. “We have a young, diverse, digitally active fanbase who will watch from home, from the office, from coffee shops, or just about anywhere. Soccer is a worldwide sport and this new initiative also allows us to continue catering to MLS fans across the globe.”
The SuperDraft is scheduled for Thursday Jan. 17 in Indianapolis.