Zoran Karić

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Zoran Karić
Personal information
Full name Zoran Karić
Date of birth (1961-08-01) 1 August 1961 (age 53)
Place of birth Kačarevo, FPR Yugoslavia
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
-1987 FK Partizan
1987-1990 San Diego Sockers (indoor) 98 (80)
1990-2000 Cleveland Crunch (indoor) 339 (651)
1996 Rochester Rhinos 6 (0)
2000-2001 Kansas City Attack (indoor) 12 (12)
2001-2002 Harrisburg Heat (indoor) 17 (7)
2002-2004 Cleveland Force (indoor) 27 (9)
2011 Syracuse Silver Knights (indoor) 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Zoran Karić (Serbian: Зоран Карић, pronounced [ˈzorɑn ˈkaːritɕ]; born 1 August 1961 in Kačarevo, Yugoslavia) is a retired Yugoslavian soccer forward who began his career with FK Partizan before spending seventeen seasons playing indoor soccer in the United States. He was the 1988 MISL Rookie of the Year, 1992 MISL leading scorer, 1994 NPSL MVP, and a nine time, first team All Star.

Bio[edit]

Karić began his career as a child in Yugoslavia. He signed with FK Partizan of the Yugoslavian First Division. In 1987, Karić moved to the United States and signed with the San Diego Sockers of Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). He won two championships (1988, 1989) with the Sockers. In his second year in San Diego, Karic was the team’s second leading scorer behind Branko Segota. He began the 1989-90 season with the Sockers, but was traded to the Cleveland Crunch for Paul Wright on 6 March 1990. Paired with Hector Marinaro, the Crunch now boasted one of the strongest pair of forwards in the league. Karic was named a first team All Star this year. In the 1990-91 season, he was the league’s second leading scorer and was again named a first team All Star. Karić led the points chart during the 1991-92 season.

In the summer of 1992, the MISL collapsed and the Crunch moved to the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL). With Marinaro and Karic setting all sorts of scoring records, the Crunch reached the league finals six times in eight years, winning championships in 1994, 1996 and 1999. Karic peaked in 1994 when he finished as the NPSL points leader on the strength of his 104 assists and 85 goals. Karic was named both a first team All Star and the NPSL MVP. In 1996, he played six games with the Rochester Rhinos in the American Professional Soccer League. Recurring tendinitis led him to leave the team on 20 July 1996.[1]

In 2000, the Crunch decided not to resign Karic and he went to the Kansas City Attack. However, injury had begun to slow him and he saw time in only 12 games that season. In 2001, he went to the Harrisburg Heat. Once again, he saw time in a limited number of games. In 2002, he rejoined the Crunch, now renamed the Cleveland Force. He spent two seasons with the Force, playing only four games in 2002-2003 and 23 the next season. On 2 October 2004, the Cleveland Force signed Karic to a two year contract, but he retired without playing a game that season. Since he left the professional game, he continues to play with Beck’s Cleveland All Stars, a team in an amateur indoor soccer league in Cleveland.[2]

In 2011, The Syracuse Silver Knights ( http://www.syracusesilverknights.com/ ) signed Karic to the team in their inaugural season. In the Knights first game, Karic recorded two assists in the 16-15 win over the Rochester Lancers. However, he only played in 3 games before retirement, being a friend of the Silver Knights head coach, Tommy Tanner.[3]

Honors[edit]

  • Rookie of the Year:
  • 1988
  • MVP:
  • 1994
  • First team All Star
  • 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998
  • Goals Leader:
  • 1992
  • Assists Leader:
  • 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999
  • Points Leader:
  • 1992, 1994

References[edit]

  1. ^ KARIC EXPECTS SORE KNEE TO BE READY FOR SEASON The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH) - Sunday, 21 July 1996
  2. ^ NSL rosters
  3. ^ http://misl.stats.pointstreak.com/teamtransactions.html?teamid=343571&seasonid=8052

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