Academy Staff & Coaches
Jovan Kirovski has been appointed the club’s Technical Director. Kirovski, who retired following the 2011 season and served as an assistant coach for the Galaxy during the 2012 campaign, is the first Technical Director in the club’s history. Under the direction of Galaxy General Manager and Head Coach Bruce Arena, Kirovski, who spent the first 12 years of his professional career playing in Europe, will scout and evaluate players locally and abroad in his new role for the club while also helping to establish relationships with clubs around the world. Additionally, the 36-year-old will implement a core curriculum throughout the Galaxy Academy while evaluating the Academy’s coaches and players and helping to recruit the top local talent to join the club.
A native of Escondido, Calif., Kirovski arrived in MLS in 2004, signing with the Galaxy after a European career that began at the age of 16 at Manchester United and saw him play in England, Portugal and Germany, where he played for Borussia Dortmund when they won the 1997 UEFA Champions League Final. In two stints with the Galaxy, playing for the club from 2004 until September 2005 when he was traded to Colorado and then again from November 2008 until the end of his playing career in 2011, Kirovski appeared in 104 regular season games, scoring 18 goals while earning a spot on the 2004 MLS All-Star Team. After helping the Galaxy win their third MLS Cup in 2011, Kirovski retired and joined Bruce Arena’s coaching staff with the Galaxy, helping lead the club to a second consecutive championship last season.
In addition to his distinguished club career, Kirovski, who holds a U.S. Soccer Federation “A” coaching license, made 62 appearances with the U.S. National Team, scoring nine times for his country during an 11-year international career. He made his National Team debut in October 1994 and scored his first goal a month later. He helped the U.S. qualify for the World Cup in 1998, 2002 and 2006 while also appearing in the 1995 Copa America, the 1996 and 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cups as well as the 1999 and 2003 FIFA Confederations Cups.
Peter Vagenas has been appointed the Director of the LA Galaxy Academy. Vagenas, who was captain of the Galaxy’s 2005 MLS Cup winning side, retired from the game earlier this year following a 13-year MLS career.
In his role as Director of the Galaxy Academy, Vagenas will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operation of the Academy, including implementing the coaching and training curriculums. He will also be in charge of continuing to develop players for the first team, supporting the club’s relationships within the Southern California soccer community and cultivating the growth of feeder clubs LA Galaxy SB and LA Galaxy OC. Vagenas will report to Galaxy Technical Director Jovan Kirovski.
A native of Pasadena, Calif., Vagenas played for the Galaxy in nine of his 13 seasons in MLS. He was selected by the club with the 23rd overall selection in the second round of 2000 MLS SuperDraft. The St. Francis High (La Cañada Flintridge, Calif.) and UCLA product made his pro debut on May 24, 2000, against the New England Revolution, scoring on his debut in stoppage time of a 2-1 loss. He was appointed the club’s permanent captain ahead of the start of the 2005 season and led the Galaxy to “the Double” that year, winning both MLS Cup and the U.S. Open Cup.
During his career in MLS, Vagenas played for the Galaxy, Seattle Sounders FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Chivas USA. He appeared in more than 250 combined regular season and postseason games in that time, winning a pair of MLS Cup titles (2002 and 2005 with the Galaxy) and four Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup titles (2001 and 2005 with the Galaxy, 2009 and 2010 with Seattle) as well as the 2002 Supporters’ Shield and 2000 CONCACAF Champions Cup with LA.
Vagenas ranks sixth in Galaxy history in both games played and games started, starting 164 of the 183 regular season games that he appeared in for the club. The 35-year-old scored 14 goals and added 28 assists in his career, with all but three assists coming in a Galaxy uniform. He also added two goals and two assists in 19 postseason games, reaching the MLS Cup Playoffs eight times in his 13 years as a player, including in each of his first six seasons as a pro.
In addition to his club career, Vagenas, who has already completed the course work for his U.S. Soccer Federation “B” coaching license, represented the U.S. at the 1999 Pan American Games, the 2000 Sydney Olympics and also made two appearances with the U.S. National Team. At the Olympics, he finished with a team-high three goals as he helped lead the U.S. to a fourth place finish, the best finish by a U.S. team in Olympic history. Shortly after returning from the Olympics, he made his full international debut, coming on as a second half substitute in a 2-0 win over Mexico at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum on October 25, 2000.
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