RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Ray Klivecka will begin his second tour as head coach of the New York Cosmos, team president Giorgio Chinaglia announced Monday.
Klivecka will be behind the bench Tuesday night when the Cosmos host the Tacoma Stars in a Major Indoor Soccer League game.
Klivecka was the Cosmos' head coach during the 1979 North American Soccer League season. The Cosmos were 24-6 that year but Klivecka was dismissed after the Cosmos lost to Vancouver in the semifinals of the playoffs.
Klivecka succeeds Eddie Firmani, who was fired Dec. 1. The Lithuania native had a 39-30 record in two seasons as coach of the MISL's Buffalo Stallions.
'Ray has proven to me over the years that he has strong organizational abilities, that he is a great judge of American soccer talent and that he is a true teacher of the indoor game,' said Chinaglia, who played for Klivecka with the Cosmos.