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Milutinovic steps down as coach of MetroStars.

Milutinovic is off to good start in making MetroStars MLS contenders.

Bora Milutinovic

former Head Coach: U.S. National Team. Born: Sept. 7, 1944, in Yugoslavia. Hometown: Laguna Hills, Calif.

The Coach
Bruce Arena (1998 - )
Dave Sarachan (2000)
Steve Sampson (1995 - 1998)
Bora Milutinovic (1991 - 1995)
John Kowlaski (1991)
Bob Gansler (1989 - 1991)
National Team
Year Team Record Pct
1983 National Men (Mexico) 6-0-1 .929
1984 National Men (Mexico) 8-3-6 .647
1985 National Men (Mexico) 11-3-8 .682
1986 National Men (Mexico) 6-2-3 .682
1990 National Men (Costa Rica) - -
1991 National Men (USA) 7-2-4 .692
1992 National Men (USA) 6-11-4 .381
1993 National Men (USA) 10-13-11 .456
1994 National Men (USA) 7-9-11 .463
1995 National Men (USA) 0-0-1 .000
1995 National Men (Mexico) - -
1996 National Men (Mexico) 11-6-3 .625
1997 National Men (Mexico) 4-0-6 .700
1998 National Men (Nigeria) - -
1999 National Men (Peru) - -
2000 National Men (China) - -
Total (USA) 30-35-31 .474
Four Nations Tournament Champion - 2000 Gold Cup (Mexico) - 1996
U.S. Cup (Mexico) - 1996-1997
World Cup
Year Venue (Team) Record Pct
1986 Mexico '86 (Mexico) 3-0-2 .700
1990 Italy '90 (Costa Rica) 2-2-0 .500
1994 USA '94 (USA) 1-2-1 .375
1998 France '98 (Nigeria) 2-2-0 .500
Total 8-6-3 .559
Professional
Year Team Record Pct
1977-78 UNAM (Mexico) 20-8-10 .658
1978-79 UNAM (Mexico) 17-11-10 .579
1979-80 UNAM (Mexico) 17-12-9 .566
1980-81 UNAM (Mexico) 19-11-8 .605
1980-81 UNAM (Mexico) 12-14-12 .474
1977-78 UNAM (playoffs) 2-3-1 .417
1978-79 UNAM (playoffs) 3-3-2 .500
1979-80 UNAM (playoffs) 1-4-1 .250
1980-81 UNAM (playoffs) 5-1-2 .667
1987 San Lorenzo (Argentina) 16-17-5 .487
- Udinese Calcio (Italy) - -
1998 MetroStars (MLS) 1-0 1.000
1999 MetroStars (MLS) 7-25 .219
Total (MLS) 8-25 .242
"Liga Mayor" (Mexico) Champion - 1981
The Player
Club
Year Team GP G A Pts
- Partizan Belgrade (Yugoslavia) - - - -
- AS Monaco (France) - - - -
- Nice (France) - - - -
- Rouen (France) - - - -
- FC Winterthur (Switzerland) - - - -
1986 UNAM Pumas (Mexico) - - - -
Total - - - -

Bora Milutinovic, one of two men to coach four different teams at the World Cup, may get a chance with a fifth -- China.

Despite the sport's wide popularity in China, the country has never qualified for the World Cup. Milutinovic, A Yugoslav who managed Mexico (1986), Costa Rica (1990), the United States (1994) and Nigeria (1998) at the World Cup, would follow two other foreigners as coach of China, German Klaus Schlappner and Briton Bobby Houghton.

Carlos Alberto Parreira is the only other man to coach four teams at the World Cup: Kuwait (1982), United Arab Emirates (1990), Brazil (1994) and Saudi Arabia (1998). Milutinovic is the only man to take all four teams to the second round.

Milutinovic is known throughout the world as a soccer mercenary able to take a team on short notive and achieve immediate success. He led Mexico to the quarterfinals at the 1986 World Cup, its highest finish.

He took over Costa Rica just before the 1990 World Cup and stunned many by getting it into the second round. He was introduced by then U.S. Soccer Federation president Alan Rothenberg in 1991 as a "miracle worker" and proceeded to qualify the United States for the second round in 1994.

He left his post with the U.S. national team in 1995, saying he was fired for not taking a larger role in player development.

He had qualified Mexico for the 1998 World Cup in 1997 before being fired, landing with Nigeria for France '98. Once again, he took that team into the second round before it was eliminated by Denmark.

Milutinovic previously coached the MetroStars in U.S. Major League Soccer, but resigned after one complete year with the club in which it had the worst single-season record in league history (4-3-25).

Milutinovic in August turned down an offer to coach the Paraguayan national team, before accepting his position with China.

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