Vasic enjoyed a 12-year indoor career (Photo by Dazzle Photography)
Academy Will Cover NJ/NY/Connecticut Region
Middletown, Conn. (Tuesday, October 13, 2009) – Veteran Goran Vasic has been lighting up the ranks of professional soccer for the past 20 years, and the Serbian midfielder officially announced today the launching of the Goran Vasic Soccer Academy. Vasic began his professional career as an outdoor player in his native Serbia before a 12-year indoor career in the United States, and he has been putting to use his USSF “A” Coaching License since acquiring it in 2008.
“Today marks a very exciting day in my life as I achieve my long-time goal of launching the Goran Vasic Soccer Academy,” he said about this pivotal day. “I have been very lucky in that I have gotten to play the game I love at the professional level for such an extended amount of time, and I now look forward to the next step in my professional career. I want to share my experience and knowledge of soccer to younger generations, and I hope to teach them the best possible way to make their dreams became reality.”
Born in Belgrade, Serbia, Vasic began playing the game of soccer when he was only five-years-old. He was born the youngest of four sons, and the ball has not left his feet since he put his first touches on it with his older brothers at that young age. When he was only eight-years-old, Vasic was picked up by a scout from Red Star Belgrade, who is one of the largest clubs in Europe. He remained in their youth system for the next 10 years until inking a professional deal to play for First Division and Second Division clubs in Serbia.
In May of 1997, Vasic moved west to the United States to play professionally after Cleveland Crunch assistant coach Joe Raduka scouted him at a game in Serbia. He then started his American career with the Houston Hotshots of the Continental Indoor Soccer League before joining the Crunch/Force the following season. The playmaker then spent four years with the Philadelphia KiXX after three seasons in Cleveland, winning an indoor championship in both locations. Vasic then moved onto the Milwaukee Wave for a season before spending the past two years with the New Jersey Ironmen. Playing for Omid Namazi, his former teammate and coach with the KiXX, he assumed the role of assistant coach in his second season and helped the Ironmen get within a game of a league championship.
For his indoor career, Vasic tallied 675 points on 218 goals and 268 assists, and he also shown his defensive prowess with 183 blocks. Along with big numbers, he has also received a number of personal accolades such as All-Star appearances and being a points and assist champion.
The Goran Vasic Soccer Academy will cover a region that will include New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, and it will coach players of various ages and playing levels. Many plans with the academy are currently in development and will be made public within the upcoming weeks and months. As all news is released, it will be made available through the official academy website at www.GoranVasicSoccerAcademy.com.
For more information or additional questions pertaining to the academy, Vasic can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.