Ray Klivecka

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Ray Klivecka
Personal information
Full name Rimantas Klivečka
Date of birth (1941-04-22) 22 April 1941 (age 82)
Place of birth Vilnius, Lithuania
Managerial career
Years Team
1979 New York Cosmos
1980 Rochester Lancers
1980–1981 Buffalo Stallions (indoor)
1984–1985 New York Cosmos (indoor)
1986–1987 New York Express (indoor)

Rimantas Klivečka[1] (born 22 April 1941) known as Ray Klivecka in the United States is a former soccer player and coach. He is best known for managing the New York Cosmos.[2]

College career[edit]

Klivecka played for Long Island University from 1961 to 1963. He was a two-time All-American and ended his college career as LIU's all-time leading goal scorer with 55 goals. His 23 goals in the 1963 season led LIU to its first ever NCAA Tournament appearance. He was inducted to the LIU Hall of Fame in 2000.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

After serving as a United States youth team coach, Klivecka spent the 1978 and 1979 seasons with the New York Cosmos as an assistant coach under head coach Eddie Firmani. When Firmani was fired in 1979, Klivecka took over for the remainder of the Cosmos' North American Soccer League campaign. The Cosmos finished in first place with a 24–6 record, but Klivecka was dismissed at the end of the season after suffering a loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps in the semifinals.

1979-80 he was a co-owner of the then Major Indoor Soccer League expansion franchise St. Louis Steamers.

In 1980 he also was head coach and general manager for seven matches of the NASL-Franchise Rochester Lancers which quit after that season.

Klivecka took over as head coach of the Buffalo Stallions of Major Indoor Soccer League for the 1980 and 1981 seasons, compiling a 39–30 record and leading the club to the playoffs in both seasons.[4]

Due in part to his success with Buffalo, in the early days of December 1984 Klivecka was re-hired as head coach of the New York Cosmos, now playing indoor soccer in the MISL, for the 1984 season, where he stayed until the bitter end in mid 1985. Later he ended up suing the cosmos for $100,000.[2]

In 1986 he was short-lived coach of the indoor expansion franchise New York Express. President and ex-Cosmos goalkeeper Shep Messing fired him after a 0–10 season start record.


  1. ^ "Lietuvos futbolas – paskendęs baimėje ir su neigiamu vadu". Lietuvos rytas (in Lithuanian). 11 October 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2023.
  2. ^ a b "Cosmos Hire Klivecka as Indoor Coach; New York Times". nytimes.com. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  3. ^ "LIU Hall of Fame; LIU Athletics". liuathletics.com. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Ray Klivecka will begin his second tour as head...; UPI". upi.com. Retrieved 24 July 2017.