Dejan Jakovic

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Dejan Jaković
Dejan Jakovich.jpeg
Jaković with Canada in 2010
Personal information
Date of birth (1985-07-16) 16 July 1985 (age 35)
Place of birth Karlovac, Yugoslavia
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position(s) Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Los Angeles FC
Number 5
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 UAB Blazers 50 (8)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007 Canadian Lions
2008–2009 Red Star Belgrade 3 (0)
2009–2013 D.C. United 98 (1)
2014–2016 Shimizu S-Pulse 42 (0)
2017 New York Cosmos 22 (1)
2018– Los Angeles FC 22 (0)
2019Las Vegas Lights (loan) 4 (0)
National team
2008 Canada U23 5 (0)
2008– Canada 41 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 July 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 March 2018

Dejan Jaković (Serbian Cyrillic: Дејан Јаковић,[1] pronounced [dějan jâkoʋitɕ];[2][3] born 16 July 1985) is a Canadian professional soccer player who currently plays as a centre-back for Los Angeles FC and the Canadian national team.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Karlovac, SR Croatia prior to the breakup of Yugoslavia, Jaković was brought by his parents to Canada at the age of six following the outbreak of Croatian War of Independence in 1991. They settled in Etobicoke, part of metropolitan Toronto.[4]

Jaković took up association football in Canada. He was a four-year letterwinner at Scarlett Heights Academy, and was named team MVP as a junior and senior, captaining both indoor and outdoor teams. He played in the Canadian national youth program, and also for two-time Ontario Cup winner Woodbridge Strikers under Bob Graham. He was a member of the team that competed at the 2004 Dallas Cup, played with former UAB teammate Lukasz Kwapisz.[5]

At the age of eighteen, Jaković had a trial with OFK Beograd, but was not signed by the team.[6]

College[edit]

After failing to make the OFK squad, Jaković accepted a scholarship to the University of Alabama at Birmingham and went on to play four years of college soccer for the Blazers.[7]

In 2007, he played with the Canadian Lions of the Canadian Soccer League where he was selected for the Locust CSL All Star game.[8][9]

Club career[edit]

Red Star Belgrade[edit]

On 28 June 2008, soon to be twenty-three-year-old Jaković joined Red Star Belgrade ahead of the 2008–09 season, after successfully completing a tryout with the team.[10] He officially signed with the club on 30 June 2008.[11]

Jaković made three league starts at the beginning of the season under head coach Zdeněk Zeman. However, following a coaching change on 6 September 2008, Dejan lost his spot in the team and failed to register a single league appearance following the appointment of new head coach Čedomir Janevski.

At the 2008-09 winter break, Red Star began looking at options to move Jakovic. In December 2008 it was reported he would be sent to FK Rad along with Marko Blažić, another player who started under Zeman but had played sparsely since Janevski took over, as part of a deal to bring defender Nemanja Pejčinović to Red Star.[12] However, by February 2009, no trade had been announced by the teams, and Jakovic was still on the list Red Star players that started preparations for second half of the season.[13]

D.C. United[edit]

Jaković in 2012

Jaković signed for Major League Soccer side D.C. United on 27 February 2009.[14] Jaković scored his first goal for the club on 26 May 2012 against New England Revolution, the game ended in a 3–2 home victory.[15] Jaković signed a contract extension with D.C. United following the 2012 season.[16]

Shimizu S-Pulse[edit]

Jaković signed with Japanese club Shimizu S-Pulse on 14 January 2014.[17] Jaković was released by Shimizu S-Pulse on 5 February 2017.[18]

New York Cosmos[edit]

In March 2017, Jaković signed with North American Soccer League club New York Cosmos.[19]

Los Angeles FC[edit]

Jaković returned to the top flight when he signed with MLS expansion club Los Angeles FC in January 2018.[20] Jaokvic would make his LAFC debut against the Seattle Sounders during the 2018 season opener.[21] He re-signed with Los Angeles in January 2019 ahead of the 2019 MLS season.[22]

He moved on loan to Las Vegas Lights on 7 June 2019.[23] He was recalled three weeks later on the 28th.[24] Jakovic's option for the 2020 season was declined by Los Angeles, but he signed a new contract with the club in December 2019.[25][26]

International career[edit]

Jaković made his debut for senior Canadian men's soccer team on 30 January 2008 against Martinique. Later in 2008 he earned five caps for the Canada U-23 squad in the 2008 CONCACAF Men's Pre-Olympic Tournament, during which Canada finished third, one place out of qualification. Jaković was also chosen in the 23-man roster for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup;[27] Canada won Group A with 7 points before being knocked out by Honduras in the quarter-finals.[28]

Jaković was selected for the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, however sustained a hamstring injury a week prior to the group stage in a friendly at BMO Field against Ecuador the match ended 2–2. David Edgar was selected on 6 June, to replace Jaković in the 23-man squad for the CONCACAF tournament.[29]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played on 31 July 2020[30][31][32]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Red Star Belgrade 2008–09 Serbian Superliga 3 0 0 0 2[a] 0 5 0
D.C. United 2009 MLS 23 0 0 0 2[b] 0 25 0
2010 MLS 19 0 2 0 21 0
2011 MLS 15 0 0 0 15 0
2012 MLS 23 1 0 0 4[c] 0 27 1
2013 MLS 18 0 2 0 30 0
Total 98 1 4 0 2 0 4 0 108 1
Shimizu S-Pulse 2014 J1 League 25 0 2 0 5 0 32 0
2015 J1 League 16 0 0 0 1 0 17 0
2016 J2 League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 42 0 2 0 6 0 50 0
New York Cosmos 2017 NASL 22 1 1 0 2[d] 0 25 0
Los Angeles FC 2018 MLS 15 0 3 0 0 0 18 0
2019 MLS 3 0 0 0 1[c] 0 4 0
2020 MLS 4 0 0 0 2 0 2[e] 0 8 0
Total 22 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 29 0
Las Vegas Lights (loan) 2019 USL Championship 4 0 0 0 4 0
Career total 191 1 10 0 6 0 6 0 9 0 222 1
  1. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Europa League.
  2. ^ Appearances in the CONCACAF Champions League.
  3. ^ a b Appearance(s) in the MLS Cup playoffs.
  4. ^ Appearances in the North American Soccer League playoffs.
  5. ^ Cite error: The named reference MLS CupKnockout Round of the MLS is Back Tournament was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

Honours[edit]

D.C. United[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Dejan Jaković - Canada Soccer". Canada Soccer. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Dèjan". Hrvatski jezični portal (in Serbo-Croatian). Retrieved 18 March 2018. Dèjan
  3. ^ "Jȁkov". Hrvatski jezični portal (in Serbo-Croatian). Retrieved 18 March 2018. Jȁković
  4. ^ "Jaković Is a Good Fit With United". Washington Post. 16 May 2009. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Dejan Jaković Player Bio – UAB". University of Alabama Birmingham Sports. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Nisam više amater". Kurir. 4 August 2008. Archived from the original on 4 April 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Dejan Jakovic Player Bio – UAB". University of Alabama Birmingham Sports. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  8. ^ "July 24, 2007 CSL All Star game lineups (from CSL media release)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  9. ^ "NY Cosmos Renew Contract With Dejan Jaković". New York Cosmos. 27 June 2017. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Zeman prozvao 11 novajlija". Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Potpisao ceo tim za Zvezdu!". Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Nemanja Pejčinović u Zvezdi". Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Šišić: "Odmalena u crveno-belom"". Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  14. ^ "D.C. United sign defender Dejan Jakovic". DC United. 28 February 2009. Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2009.
  15. ^ "Revolution bow to D.C. United". Boston Globe. 27 May 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
  16. ^ "Dejan Jakovic signs New Contract". DC United. 20 November 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  17. ^ "DC United transfer Canadian international Dejan Jakovic to J. League club Shimizu S-Pulse". 14 January 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  18. ^ ヤコヴィッチ選手 契約解除のお知らせ. s-pulse.co.jp (in Japanese). Shimizu S-Pulse. 5 February 2017. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  19. ^ "New York Cosmos sign experienced Centre Back Dejan Jakovic". New York Cosmos. 22 March 2017.
  20. ^ "LAFC Acquires Defender Dejan Jaković". LAFC.com. Los Angeles FC. 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  21. ^ Dylan Butler (4 March 2018). "Seattle Sounders FC 0, Los Angeles Football Club 1 | 2018 MLS Match Recap". MLS.
  22. ^ "LAFC Re-Signs Defender Dejan Jaković". LAFC.com. Los Angeles FC. 16 January 2019.
  23. ^ "LAFC Loans Defender Dejan Jaković To Las Vegas Lights FC". LAFC.com. Los Angeles FC. 7 June 2019. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  24. ^ "LAFC Recalls Defender Dejan Jaković From Las Vegas Lights FC". LAFC.com. Los Angeles FC. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  25. ^ "LAFC Announces Roster Moves Following Record-Breaking 2019 Season". LAFC.com. Los Angeles FC. 21 November 2019.
  26. ^ "LAFC Re-Signs Veteran Defenders Jordan Harvey And Dejan Jaković". LAFC.com. Los Angeles FC. 31 December 2019.
  27. ^ "Dejan Jakovic Player Profile". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  28. ^ "HONDURAS OUSTS CANADA IN GOLD CUP QUARTER-FINAL". TSN. 18 July 2009. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  29. ^ Molinaro, John (6 June 2011). "Canada set for Gold Cup showdown with USA". CBC Sports. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
  30. ^ "Dejan Jaković » Club matches". World Football. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  31. ^ "Dejan Jaković » CONCACAF Champions League 2009/2010". World Football. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  32. ^ "D. Jaković". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  33. ^ "D.C. United Earns Third Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Championship with 1-0 Victory Against Real Salt Lake". U.S. Soccer Federation. Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2013.

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