Sporting Kansas City has signed Serbian midfielder Miloš Stojčev, the club announced Wednesday. The 24-year-old joins Major League Soccer after playing professionally in Serbia since 2006 as a product of the Red Star Belgrade youth academy.
“Milos is a creative midfielder that can give the final pass and find the back of the net,” Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes said. “These qualities will be very valuable for us throughout the upcoming season.”
Stojčev, who will occupy an international roster spot, launched his career as a youth with the former European champions Red Star Belgrade, one of the most popular and successful clubs in Serbia. By 2006, he debuted for FK Bežanija of the Serbian SuperLiga at age 19 and was one of several young players to help lead the team to a fourth place finish and qualification for the 2007-08 UEFA Cup.
The following season, Stojčev made a move to FK Vojvodina, where he made eight appearances as the club reached the domestic cup final. He debuted in the UEFA Cup in the club’s 5-1 win in the opening round of qualifying against Hibernians, before being eliminated by Atletico Madrid in the second round of qualifying.
In 2008, he remained in the Serbian SuperLiga but began the first of three seasons as a key contributor at FK Borac Čačak by playing in 28 games and appearing in the UEFA Cup against Danish giants Ajax Amsterdam, after starting in the team’s four qualifying matches against FC Dacia Chisinau and Lokomotiv Sofia in qualifying. He went on to make 58 appearances for the club, scoring two goals.
The left-footed midfielder joined Sporting Kansas City as a guest trialist for the 2011 pre-season, and will be available for Sporting Kansas City’s 2011 season opener on Saturday, March 19th at Chivas USA. The match will be broadcast live on KSMO-TV at 9:30 p.m. CT.
Transaction: Sporting Kansas City (MLS) signs midfielder Miloš Stojčev
Birthplace: Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
Last Club: FK Borac Čačak (Serbia)
Experience: 6th Pro Season