Aleksey Korol

Aleksey Korol (Ukrainian: Олексій Король; born 14 October 1977) is a Ukrainian soccer forward and coach who has spent most of his career in the United States.

Aleksey Korol
Personal information
Full name Aleksey Korol
Date of birth (1977-10-14) 14 October 1977
Place of birth Kiev, Ukraine SSR, Soviet Union
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Dynamo Kyiv
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1999 Indiana University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997 Kalamazoo Kingdom
2000–2001 Dallas Burn 39 (7)
2001Atlanta Silverbacks (loan) 1 (0)
2002 Chicago Fire 1 (0)
2002 Rochester Raging Rhinos 2 (0)
2002 Indiana Blast 1 (0)
2003–2004 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 23 (4)
2003–2004 Kansas City Comets (indoor) 9 (0)
2004 Charleston Battery 12 (0)
2004 Harrisburg City Islanders 7 (2)
2007 Rockford Thunder (indoor)
Teams managed
2006–2008 UIC Flames (assistant)
2009 Indiana Hoosiers (assistant)
2010– UIC Flames (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Player

Born in Kyiv, Korol played both hockey and soccer growing up in Ukraine. As a youth player, he signed with Dynamo Kiev. His family sent him to the United States when he was 14 where he settled in Livonia, New York. While playing for Livonia Central High School Korol scored 501?- that can't be right Jordan scored in the 160 range and he holds the record- goals, the all-time record for a player in Section V (greater Rochester area) of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. Later on, his record was tied by Jordan Chirico of Livonia Central High. Korol lived with the Chirico family in Livonia.

College

In 1996, he enrolled at Indiana University. While at Indiana, he spent four seasons on the men's soccer team. He scored 57 goals and assisted on 35 during his career with the Hoosiers. In 1998 and 1999, he was part of the Indiana teams which took the NCAA championship titles. Both years he led the tournament in scoring (6 goals in 1998 and 4 in 1999). In 1999, Korol as selected as a first team All American and the SoccerAmerica Player of the Year.[1] While with Indiana, Korol spent the 1997 collegiate off season with the Kalamazoo Kingdom of the USL Premier Development League.

Professional

The Dallas Burn of Major League Soccer selected Korol with the fifth pick in the 2000 MLS SuperDraft. In his first year with the Burn, he scored five goals and assisted on three others. While with Dallas, he appeared in one game with the Atlanta Silverbacks.

On 15 January 2002, the Chicago Fire acquired Korol and Miguel Saavedra from the Burn for the Fire's 2002 sixth-round draft pick. However, injuries to his left knee which resulted in bursitis led to his playing in only one game. When the Fire waived him, Korol signed with the Rochester Raging Rhinos on 26 July 2002. He appeared in two games with them before moving to the Indiana Blast for one game. In 2003, he moved to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of USL-2. On 19 September 2003, the Kansas City Comets of Major Indoor Soccer League signed Korol to a one-year contract, with an option for one more.[2] Korol played in nine games for the Comets as he was again hampered with injuries. The Comets waived him on 27 January 2004. On 12 February 2004, Korol signed with the Charleston Battery of USL-1.[3] In June, the Battery released Korol and he signed with the Harrisburg City Islanders of USL-2 on 12 July 2004, in time for the playoffs.[4]

The Rockford Thunder of the American Indoor Soccer League signed Korol in January 2007 and he spent the 2006–2007 AISL season with the Thunder.

Coach

In April 2006, Korol became an assistant coach at the University of Illinois at Chicago.[5] Korol has also coached youth soccer with Chicago Lakefront SC.

In February 2009, Korol was named an assistant coach at his alma mater.[6] His hiring came less than two months after former assistant coach Todd Yeagley left Indiana University to take over head coaching duties at the University of Wisconsin. 2010 Korol returned to UIC as the first assistant. He currently holds this position.

References

  1. "Indiana Hoosiers Aleksey Korol Profile". Indiana Hoosiers. Archived from the original on 10 June 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2009.
  2. "MISL Transactions". Our Sports Central. 19 September 2003. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  3. "Battery Signs Korol". Our Sports Central. 12 February 2004. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  4. "City Islanders Add Aleksey Korol for Stretch Drive". Our Sports Central. 12 July 2004. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  5. "Aleksey Korol Joins UIC Soccer Staff". UIC Flames. 17 April 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  6. "Aleksey Korol Named Assistant Men's Soccer Coach". Indiana Hoosiers. 3 February 2009. Archived from the original on 10 June 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2009.
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