Andrija Novakovich

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Andrija Novakovich

by akranes » 05 Apr 2014 13:59

I'm sure many of you will have seen this on twitter today. 17/18 year old USA U21 international striker who previosly played for Chicago Magic PSG youth teams it seems (never heard of them).

Andrija Novakovich Signs With Reading FC
2014 commit embarks on professional career with League Championship side

April 4, 2014

MILWAUKEE -- Marquette University 2014 men's soccer signee Andrija Novakovich (Muskego, Wis.) has signed a professional contract with English Football League Championship club Reading FC, according to MU head coach Louis Bennett.

"It was a bittersweet decision, and I am so grateful for the guidance and help Coach Bennett and the soccer staff have given me," said Novakovich, speaking from the city of Reading in the south of England. "Signing the letter of intent to play at Marquette was a proud point for me, and I will forever consider myself a Golden Eagle."

Novakovich, who had recently traveled to England for training on the back of a spell with the U-18 U.S. Under-18 Men's National National, found a home with the Royals of Reading FC.

"I am so happy for Andrija and all the Novakovich family," said Bennett. "I have known and worked with Andrija since he was seven years old and recognized both his talent and his dream. Coming to Marquette was to be a starting step and then on to the pros after his degree. The pro opportunity came a little faster than planned. Providing opportunity and guidance is always of paramount importance to all the young men we work with at Marquette and that was my promise to him and his family to do just that.

"It's a wonderful opportunity that provides a stabile quality situation at Reading as a budding professional soccer player," Bennett continued. "I wish him all the very best with big smiles.

"This is a feather in the cap for Marquette Soccer in the fact we can attract top recruits in the country. Andrija was the only available high school player in the top 10 nationally that had not yet turned pro. I always knew this may or may not be a full-time, four-year thing.

"Our 2014 recruiting class is very solid and with the later additions I am happy with the group, but obviously a player and person like Andrija will be missed."

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Re: Andrija Novakovich

by Nameless » 05 Apr 2014 19:37

It's amazing how far the language they use in the USA has now diverged from English....

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Re: Andrija Novakovich

by yuuichi » 05 Apr 2014 23:24

It's amazing that the Americans think we're a city.

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by Sutekh » 06 Apr 2014 08:54

Not really, nearly everywhere in the US is a city.

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by RoyalBlue » 06 Apr 2014 10:23

Sutekh Not really, nearly everywhere in the US is a city.


'Tis true. Even little places that we would regard as a village!

I always find it strange filling out the customs form and inserting the name of a tiny place as the 'City' that I am staying in.


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Re: Andrija Novakovich

by Todd Margaret » 08 Apr 2014 13:12

Nameless It's amazing how far the language they use in the USA has now diverged from English....


You aren't naming your kids Andrija yet? :D

yuuichi It's amazing that the Americans think we're a city.


We don't have the same rigid standards for city classification. I've been to Reading several times and I'd probably have called it a city too if asked.

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Re: Andrija Novakovich

by Reading4eva » 08 Apr 2014 13:42

Sounds like a tennis player

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by Extended-Phenotype » 11 Apr 2014 09:15

Though not yet officially recognised, Reading does meet all the modern criteria for being a city.

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Re: Andrija Novakovich

by Royal Ginger » 12 Apr 2014 23:41

Didn't Reading marginally lose out to Chelmsford or Colchester or somewhere similar in an application to be a City for the Diamond Jubilee?


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by loyalroyal4life » 13 Apr 2014 12:02

Royal Ginger Didn't Reading marginally lose out to Chelmsford or Colchester or somewhere similar in an application to be a City for the Diamond Jubilee?



Reading loses out every year to for some ridiculous reason, it is only a matter of time until it has City status

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by ZacNaloen » 13 Apr 2014 12:43

If you look at previous winners you can only conclude that the standard for winning is a bit more nebulous than strength of Economy, Population & Standard of Living.

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by Sutekh » 13 Apr 2014 14:07

Royal Ginger Didn't Reading marginally lose out to Chelmsford or Colchester or somewhere similar in an application to be a City for the Diamond Jubilee?


I mean Chelmsford, really..... Something very bent somewhere for Reading to keep failing if you me.

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by ZacNaloen » 13 Apr 2014 14:14

Reckon Chelmsford got it on the back of being a Cathedral town


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Re: Andrija Novakovich

by Ian Royal » 13 Apr 2014 17:27

I reckon they don't want to bother with the city status as they think it'll just be part of London in 20 years time.

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by melonhead » 14 Apr 2014 00:30

Royal Ginger Didn't Reading marginally lose out to Chelmsford or Colchester or somewhere similar in an application to be a City for the Diamond Jubilee?

Brighton and hove - which only got it by combining two neighbouring towns into one

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by HoneyRoastHoax » 14 Apr 2014 16:44

melonhead
Royal Ginger Didn't Reading marginally lose out to Chelmsford or Colchester or somewhere similar in an application to be a City for the Diamond Jubilee?

Brighton and hove - which only got it by combining two neighbouring towns into one


Brighton was a city before

Chelmsford, Perth and St Asaph were awarded city status

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Re: Andrija Novakovich

by Hendo » 14 May 2014 17:55

Confirmed on the official site

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by Cureton's Volley » 15 May 2014 14:49

melonhead
Royal Ginger Didn't Reading marginally lose out to Chelmsford or Colchester or somewhere similar in an application to be a City for the Diamond Jubilee?

Brighton and hove - which only got it by combining two neighbouring towns into one


'Reading and Bracknell' doesn't quite have the same ring to it...

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Re: Andrija Novakovich

by Libertine » 15 May 2014 15:01

Tbf any urban area with over 50,000 people in the US is classed as a city...

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by genome » 16 May 2014 23:19

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Royal Ginger Didn't Reading marginally lose out to Chelmsford or Colchester or somewhere similar in an application to be a City for the Diamond Jubilee?

Brighton and hove - which only got it by combining two neighbouring towns into one


'Reading and Bracknell' doesn't quite have the same ring to it...


IN for Reading and Bracknell Albion.

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