LA Galaxy moved today to acquire former Galaxy-man Jovan Kirovski. The striker played for both the Colorado Rapids and the San Jose Earthquakes last season, but struggled with injury and form.Bruce Arena has made his first personnel move as Head Coach and General Manager of the LA Galaxy, acquiring Jovan Kirovski in a trade today. The striker heads South from San Jose Earthquakes for a 2010 Conditional Supplemental draft pick.
Kirovski previously played for the Galaxy from 2004-2005 scoring 12 goals.
“Jovan is an experienced player who we are happy to have back with the Galaxy,” Arena said. “He has shown the ability to play abroad, internationally, and in MLS and is a welcome addition to our roster.”
How exactly the Escondido, Calif. native will help the roster by adding depth in the forward line. Galaxy look set to lose Landon Donovan to Bayern Munich in the off season, which would just leave them with 15-goal man Edson Buddle and Alan Gordon up top. However, Kirovski has only scored 24 goals in his 118 MLS appearances, and struggled to find time in San Jose last year despite its expansion status.
The 32-year-old’s record outside of MLS makes for better reading. He has suited up for Manchester United, Birmingham City, Borussia Dortmund, and Sporting CP among other clubs. In 62 international appearances for the USA, he scored 9 goals and assisted one.
The move happened in a half-day transfer window opening ahead of Wednesday’s expansion draft.
--Zac Lee Rigg, Goal.com