Less than 10 games into its inaugural season, the Chicago Soul FC has a new head coach.
Team officials for the 2-7 Soul, members of the Major Indoor Soccer League, announced Tuesday that Manny Rojas is stepping down as head coach, and Novica "Novi" Marojevic will take over head coaching responsibilities effective immediately.
"I appreciate all of the hard work and passion Manny put into the team," said David Mokry, Soul owner and CEO. "He is a man of great character and knowledge of the sport. It's unfortunate that the situation simply did not work out. We hold him in the highest regard."
Marojevic, who has more than 20 years of professional soccer experience, will lead the squad moving forward. The Montenegro native launched his career in his home country, playing for FC Sutjeska, FC Radnicki, FC Partizan, FC Vozdovac and FC Celik. He accumulated two national championships while playing for FC Sutjeska. He was also a member of the Montenegro National Soccer Team.
In the United States, Marojevic played for the Kansas City Attack for nine years, earning a championship in 1996. In 2004, Marojevicjoined the Chicago Storm. He also played for the Detroit Ignition in, Rockford Rampage, and the Chicago Riot.
The Soul hosts MISL defending champion and rival Milwaukee Wave at the Sears Centre Arena at 7:30 p.m. Friday.