Chicago Soul FC News Release -- www.chicagosoulfc.com
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Soul FC announced on Tuesday that in mutual agreement, Manny Rojas will step down as head coach, and Novica "Novi" Marojević will assume head coaching responsibilities effective immediately.
"I appreciate all of the hard work and passion Manny put into the team," said Soul Owner and CEO David Mokry. "He is a man of great character and knowledge of the sport. It's unfortunate that the situation simply did not work out. We hold him in the highest regard and have a great level of respect for him. We wish him nothing but the best."
Marojević, who possesses more than 20 years of professional soccer experience, is set to lead the squad moving forward. The Montenegro native launched his career in his home country, playing for FC Sutjeska, FC Radnicki, FC Partizan, FC Vozdovac and FC Celik. He accumulated two national championships while playing for FC Sutjeska. He was also a member of the Montenegro National Soccer Team, and voted Best Junior Player in Montenegro during the 1989-1990 season.
Upon arriving to the United States, Marojević joined the Kansas City Attack for a nine-year stint, earning a championship in 1996. In 2004, Marojević joined the Chicago Storm. He then went on to play for the Detroit Ignition in 2006, Rockford Rampage in 2008, and finally, the Chicago Riot in 2011.
WIth Marojević now leading the efforts, the Soul (2-7) will look to turn their unfavorable record around, beginning this Friday when they take on the MISL defending champion and rival Milwaukee Wave at the Sears Centre Arena at 7:30 p.m. CT.