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Kirovski retires, takes coaching job with L.A.

Jovan Kirovski has ended his 20-year career and accepted a position as assistant coach with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Kirovski, 35, spent five years in a Galaxy uniform, including the final three years when he helped the club reach MLS Cup twice, culminating with his first MLS Cup title last season.

"I am excited for the future and I am excited to remain a part of this club," Kirovski said.

Kirovski was the first American to sign with Manchester United when he joined the club's youth ranks in 1992, but left the club without ever appearing in a game in 1996.

At Borussia Dortmund in Germany, Kirovski became the first American to win the Champions League. He also played for FC Koln in Germany, Sporting Lisbon in Portugal, and Crystal Palace and Birmingham City in England while in Europe.

Kirovski moved to MLS in 2004 to join the Los Angeles Galaxy, and later played for the Colorado Rapids and the San Jose Earthquakes before returning to L.A.

In addition to his long club career, Kirovski played 62 times for the U.S. and scored 11 goals during an 11-year international career.

"Jovan is a very experienced guy, he knows our club and he knows the way that we do things," L.A. manager Bruce Arena said. "He has prepared himself to get into coaching and I think that it will be a good transition for him and he will be a great addition to our staff."