Njego Pesa

Njego Pesa

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Njego Pesa is a former Yugoslavian-American soccer forward who played in the North American Soccer League and Major Indoor Soccer League. He earned seven caps with the U.S. national team.


Pesa was born in Yugoslavia, but moved to the U.S. as a youth and grew up in Queens, New York. He attended Ulster Community College where he played on the men's soccer team from 1977 to 1978.<sup></sup> Ulster won the JUCO national title in 1978 with Pesa leading the attack.


In January 1979, the Dallas Tornado of the North American Soccer League (NASL) traded Jeff Bourne in exchange for the first pick in the upcoming College Draft. With that pick, they took Pesa, signing him for $18,000.Dips Get Salvemini, Radovich Washington Post, The (DC) - Tuesday, January 9, 1979 In 1979, he saw time in twelve games, scoring only one goal, but came alive in 1980 when he bagged thirteen goals in twenty-six appearances. During the winter of 1979-1980, Pena also played for the expansion St. Louis Steamers of the Major Indoor Soccer League. In 1981, Pena experienced a scoring drought with the Tornado, scoring only one goal in twenty-six games. The Tornado then traded him to the Tampa Bay Rowdies. The Rowdies traded him to the Tulsa Roughnecks half way through the 1982 season after Pesa failed to score in eleven games. The trade took place on July 2, 1982 as the Rowdies sent Pesa and Terry Moore to Tulsa in exchange for Don...
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