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December 15, 1998
Former UC Irvine soccer standout Erik Kirsch was named co-coach of the Zodiac, the team announced Monday. Kirsch, who also will remain a player, will share coaching responsibilities with Ricardo Minaya, who is the organization's director of soccer operations. Kirsch played four years (1993-1997) in the German League and was the Zodiac's top assistant coach last season.
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December 15, 1998
Former UC Irvine soccer standout Erik Kirsch was named co-coach of the Zodiac, the team announced Monday. Kirsch, who also will remain a player, will share coaching responsibilities with Ricardo Minaya, who is the organization's director of soccer operations. Kirsch played four years (1993-1997) in the German League and was the Zodiac's top assistant coach last season.
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November 26, 1998 | DAVE McKIBBEN
The Zodiac has named Ricardo Minaya co-coach, said club president Richard Brown. Minaya, the team's general manager for the last two seasons, also will be the Zodiac's director of soccer operations. Before working for the Zodiac, Minaya spent three years as the Salsa's director of youth development. "My passion is the game on the field," Minaya said. "Last year, I did the general manager job to help keep the club afloat.
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November 26, 1998 | DAVE McKIBBEN
The Zodiac has named Ricardo Minaya co-coach, said club president Richard Brown. Minaya, the team's general manager for the last two seasons, also will be the Zodiac's director of soccer operations. Before working for the Zodiac, Minaya spent three years as the Salsa's director of youth development. "My passion is the game on the field," Minaya said. "Last year, I did the general manager job to help keep the club afloat.
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January 17, 1998 | MARTIN BECK
The Zodiac professional soccer team is completing plans to move its home field to UC Irvine from Santa Ana Stadium, General Manager Ricardo Minaya said Friday. Minaya said the move is designed to cut costs and help build a more loyal fan base. The Zodiac averaged 1,278 in announced attendance in 14 games at 10,000-seat Santa Ana Stadium last year, and Minaya said the team wanted to find a less expensive place to play.
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September 11, 1999 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Zodiac will try to avenge a playoff loss last year to Seattle when the teams meet in the first round of the A-League playoffs at 7:35 tonight in Seattle. The winner advances to the Western Conference semifinals. The Sounders (19-9, 81 points), who finished fourth in the Western Conference, have Mark Baena, whose 20 goals led the league. Seattle defeated the Zodiac twice this season, 4-1 and 2-1, and last year in the first round, 2-1.
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July 7, 1999 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Well, at least there was one positive to come out of the Zodiac's 2-0 loss to the Division 3 Carolina Dynamo in the second round of the U.S. Open Cup. Hardly anyone was there to see it. Only about 150 showed up Tuesday night at Santa Ana Stadium to watch the Zodiac play its worst game of the season at the worst possible time. Had the A-League Zodiac defeated the lower-level Dynamo, it would have played Columbus of the MLS on July 13 in the Crew's new soccer stadium.
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June 12, 1999 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before a season-high crowd of 891 at Santa Ana Stadium, the Zodiac beat the hapless Sacramento Geckos, 3-1, Friday night. The Geckos, still looking for their first victory after eight games, scored two own goals and created only two scoring opportunities the entire game. The Zodiac (7-5) won its third consecutive game. Among the season's biggest crowd was Sigi Schmid, coach of the Los Angeles Galaxy, the parent club of the Zodiac.
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May 8, 1999 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Zodiac has been living up to its pledge of playing a more exciting brand of soccer. But Friday night, there was a little too much excitement and not much defense as the Zodiac blew a two-goal lead in the second half and fell to the Indiana Blast, 6-4, before an announced crowd of 857 at Santa Ana Stadium. The loss was even more devastating because it came against Indiana (2-2), a Division 3 team last year, and probably knocked the Zodiac (3-3) out of contention for a U.S. Open Cup berth.
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June 4, 1999 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Goalkeeper Mike Littman stopped four shootout shots, leading the Zodiac to a 2-1 victory over San Diego Thursday night before an announced crowd of 504 at Santa Ana Stadium. The Zodiac's victory ended San Diego's eight-game winning streak and handed the Flash only its second loss. Both losses have come to the Zodiac in Santa Ana. San Diego (8-2, 35 points) is still 11 points ahead of the Zodiac (5-5, 22 points) in the Pacific Division of the A-League.
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August 28, 1998 | DAVE McKIBBEN
Ever since the Zodiac clinched its first A-League playoff berth two weeks ago, it has been shooting for home-field advantage in the first round. Those hopes appear to be fading with the Zodiac three points behind fourth-place Seattle with two games remaining. But is it disappointing that the Zodiac apparently won't be hosting the first-round playoff game? Probably not.
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February 12, 1999 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tomas Serna was trying to enjoy the moment. But the moment Serna put the finishing touches on a magical season at Santa Ana College that included conference and state tournament MVP honors and a state title, he sensed there was more to accomplish. "It's funny, I immediately started thinking, 'OK, what's next?,' " Serna said. " 'That was nice, but that's history.' " What came next was a flood of flattering offers that would make any 19-year-old's head spin.
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