Jovan Kirovski

Jovan Kirovski has been a key player for the United States National Team over the past several years. His gritty and determined play has kept him in the national team pool for more than six years, and he played in six key matches for the U.S. during the 2001 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Kirovski, who starred while with the Manchester United reserves early in his career, has established himself as a playmaking forward with the national team, and his vision and skill on the ball are likely to make him an option in the U.S. attack for years to come.

 

National Team Highlights:
2004 - Called into Bruce Arena's camp for three games. 2003 - Played five times for the U.S. scoring twice against New Zealand and Venezuela.
2001 - Appeared in six World Cup qualifying matches, helping the U.S. reach their fourth consecutive World Cup finals.
2000 - Appeared in nine matches and scored in the 2000Gold Cup opener against Haiti.
1999 - Led all U.S. international with 990 minutes played for the national team in 1999.
1999 - Scored in a 2-1 victory over New Zealand on the way to a third-place finish in the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup.
1996 - Scored five goals with the 1996 Olympic team, including a goal against Tunisia in 1996 Olympic Football Tournament.
1995 - Helped the U.S. to the semifinals of the 1995 Copa America.
1994 - Scored his first international goal on November 22, 1994 against Jamaica.
1994 - Made his full international debut at age 17 on October 19, 1994 against Saudi Arabia.

 

Professional Highlights:
2005 - Signed by the Rapids on Sept. 13, 2005, in exchange for a 2007 first round draft pick to the LA Galaxy.

2004 - Signed multi-year deal with Los Angeles Galaxy. Opened his MLS career with a goal in his first game, helping the Galaxy defeat NE 3-2 at The Home Depot Center on 4/3. MLS Player of the Week honors twice. Named a Western Conference reserve at the 2004 Sierra Mist MLS All-Star Game.

2003-04 - Played 21 games in two seasons with Birmingham starting seven.
2002-2003 - Joined English Premier League side Birmingham City on a free transfer
2001-2002 - Joined English First Division side Crystal Palace and became a regular in their lineup as a withdrawn forward; scored five goals in 25 appearances
2000-2001 - Joined Portuguese champions Sporting Lisbon after parting with Borussia Dortmund of the German Bundesliga.
1998-1999 - Started 20 matches and scored two goals for German second-division side Fortuna Cologne, to whom he was loaned from Borussia Dortmund for the 1998-99 season.
1997-1998 - Played in 13 matches with reigning European champions Borussia Dortmund, including an appearance in a 2-0 victory on December 1, 1997 against Cruzeiro of Brazil in the Intercontinental Cup championship.
1996-1997 - Signed with German power Borussia Dortmund and went on to appear in seven Bundesliga matches, scoring one goal. He also scored one goal in a Champions League match against Sparta Prague, the first goal of his career for a top-flight team.
1995-1996 - Scored 20 goals in 21 games for the Manchester United reserve team.
1992 - Joined the Manchester United youth system.

 

 

 

Personal: Kirovski's parents were born in Macedonia. He emigrated to England at age 15 to join Manchester United's reserve side and has called Europe home since. Speaks fluent Macedonian. He is still the youngest American to score a goal in the Bundesliga.

 

Data:
Height - 6'1" (1.86 m)
Weight - 170 (75 kg)
Born - March 18, 1976, Escondido, California

 Updated: June 3, 2005