Matko Miljevic changed his identity and competed in amateur matches in the United States. /MLS
In recent hours, something unusual has become known in the United States regarding the current situation of Matko Miljevic, a professional MLS player who changed his identity to play in an amateur tournament and got into a fistfight with a rival. CF Montreal has yet to make an official comment on the matter, but a club representative told local media that this could mean a breach of contract.
The 22-year-old attacking midfielder received a call from a friend to attend an amateur soccer championship in Laval, north of Montreal. Apparently, it is forbidden for a professional athlete to be part of a team in these tournaments, so he changed his name to avoid being discovered and entered the form three times under the name “Matko Milojevic”. I signed it. Information first revealed by Canadian media outlet Dans les Coulisses included “” in his last name.
The balance was more than positive in the early stages, as he scored six goals and won the Player of the Match award. Until a rival discovered the deception and reported it to the QCSL (Quebec Calcet Soccer League) league organizers. When the truth became known, the Miami-born player of Argentine parents was expelled.
But this week he was back there to cheer up a friend who plays for another team. According to information published by the site Dans les Coulisses, the duel (the match against the team he was rooting for was 5-0) became heated, and despite the altercation, he entered the field and “attacked directly”. “I did it.” Toward the enemy.” Unsurprisingly, the referee immediately stopped the match and asked him to leave the venue, and the league announced that Miljevic had been banned for life from all competitions.
“The kid is out and the league doesn’t want to see him anymore, not just on the field, but in all of their facilities. He’s not acting like a professional, he’s acting like an amateur living up to his name. The QCSL is a serious league that will never accept such behavior. It was not his first “story” in the league. “The victim is fine and should not suffer any consequences, but they are still seriously considering filing criminal charges for assault,” a source told the aforementioned portal.
Furthermore, when the Canadian club was contacted from there, they admitted that although they were not aware of the situation, the scandal could mean a breach of contract by the footballer. Canadian media outlets highlight that Matko has a contract worth “more than $500,000 per year” until 2024, with an option to extend to 2025.
QCSL was born in 1994 and is one of the most famous indoor soccer leagues in that part of Canada. There are several divisions, a “veteran” competition, a women’s championship, and a mixed championship. At the same time, re-rank players between “competitive” (A), “semi-competitive” (B), “semi-recreational” (C), and “recreational.” The Argentina player has a token in the “B” player spot.
Miljevic joined MLS side CF Montreal two years ago and has since made 35 appearances for Argentine Hernan Lozada’s team, scoring two goals and providing two assists. He didn’t get any additional playing time in the last League Cup, which won Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami. In Argentina, he played for Argentinos Juniors, making his debut in the 2019 Super League Cup against Boca Juniors and featuring in the 2019 La Alcudia competition, wearing the number 10 shirt for the U18 national team. And he was also in the ideal eleven.
“I played in a preschool in Boca. I performed very well in the game against Argentinos and the coordinator (Batista at the time) did everything he could to let me pass. “I talked to my parents and they convinced me,” he told his story in 2019.
He was born on May 9, 2001 in the United States. His parents had immigrated to the United States several months earlier during the crisis that was shaking Argentina at the time. However, as his grandfather is of Balkan descent, he trained as a footballer in the country and has even been scouted by the Croatian Football Federation in the past. “His parents went there for a little over a year to get citizenship because there was a little trouble here. “I’m more Buenos Aires than Yankee,” he admitted at the time.