Sporting KC Academy welcomes new coaches

The Sporting Kansas City Academy coaching staff has welcomed two new members in 2014 with the addition of goalkeeper coach Alan Mayer along with U16/U18 coach Istvan Urbanyi.

Mayer played collegiately at James Madison University in Virginia before a professional career in the NASL, earning NASL American Player of the Year honors in 1978 and six appearances with the U.S. Men's National Team. He concluded his career indoors, including four years with the Kansas City Comets.
Mayer was an assistant coach with the Kansas City Wizards and also served as a head coach in the indoor game while in Las Vegas. Currently, he is the goalkeeper coach for the UMKC soccer program and the MISL champions Missouri Comets.

Urbanyi played in over 400 professional matches in Hungary, France and the United States, becoming the first Hungarian international signed by MLS when he played for the San Jose Clash in 1997. He made two appearances with the Hungary Men's National Team and is a two-time league Champion and Hungarian Cup winner. Following his professional career, he worked as a commentator, reporter and match analyzer for World Cup, Euro Cup, UEFA Champions League and Hungarian league matches.

Urbanyi worked for eight years as a youth coach and coaching director at the Football Academy of MTK Budapest and Ujpest FC, two of the most successful first division clubs in Hungary. He led the MTK Budapest U15 team to the  final of the Nike Premier Cup in Manchester in 2004.

In 2007, he became the head coach of Ujpest FC in the Hungarian top flight and he has spent the last four years as the head coach of the Maldives National Team. Urbanyi holds the highest UEFA coaching license, UEFA PRO.

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