Kirovski stays with L.A. Galaxy as assistant coach

CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- Jovan Kirovski has been hired by the Los Angeles Galaxy as an assistant coach, ending the midfielder's 20-year playing career.

The MLS champion Galaxy hired Kirovski on Monday to replace Gregg Berhalter, who left Los Angeles in December to become the head coach of Hammarby in Sweden's Superettan league.

Kirovski spent the past three seasons as a Galaxy reserve, but the Southern California native is best known for his European career. After playing alongside David Beckham and Gary Neville in Manchester United's youth program as a teenager, he became the first American to win the UEFA Champions League with the Bundesliga's Borussia Dortmund in 1997.

Kirovski played in Portugal and England before becoming an MLS All-Star with the Galaxy in 2004. He also made 62 appearances for the U.S. national team, scoring nine goals.

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