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Kirovski does not plan to play in MLS soon.

By Robert Wagman

PASADENA, Calif. (Saturday, January 15, 2000) -- United States national team midfielder Jovan Kirovski has no plans to play in Major League Soccer in the near future.

"I've heard the rumors myself, but they're just not true," Kirovski said today after a U.S. training session. "I am under contract at Dortmund and I will stay there."

Actually, while being paid by Borussia Dortmund of the German Bundesliga, he has not been "registered" by the team this year which means essentially he is not on its roster. This means for the moment he is a full-time player with the U.S. national team.

Kirovski started out playing in Europe in Manchester United's youth\reserve program and he thinks there are playing opportunities for him in England.

The key will be his ability to get the coveted work permit. If he plays in all of the Gold Cup matches in next month, he will probably be ruled to have appeared in the required 75 percent of national team matches in the past two years required by the British government for a permit.

"It's not that I don't respect MLS, because I do, but I think my future is still in Europe."

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