By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

Iubo Petrovic – Signed by the Stallions in 1979

When the Buffalo Braves left for San Diego in the summer of 1978, there was an opening in the winter sports calendar. A year later, the Buffalo Stallions tried to fill it. They were an expansion team in the Major Indoor Soccer League, and they needed players.

The Stallions’ first acquisition was Jim May, a Rochester-area native who was playing goal for Cleveland at the time. But more talent was needed, of course, and it didn’t really matter where it came from.

The Stallions turned to Yugoslavia for help, and found some. They brought over Stan Karasi, a good playmaker, and Slobodan Jankovic, a natural scorer who looked as if he didn’t really care too much about defense. However, Iubo Petrovic also made the trip over the Atlantic, and he turned out to be the best of the bunch.

Petrovic was one of the top scorers in the league that first season with 46 goals and 21 assists for 67 points. He improved on that by 10 points a year later, teaming with Charlie Cordas for a dynamic scoring combination. The two came close to helping the Stallions win a playoff series in 1980-81, falling just short. Along the way, he became the sixth player in MISL history to reach 100 career goals.

And that was it for Iubo. He fell off the map of Buffalo sports by not returning to the Stallions in 1981. There’s no sign of him anywhere on the Internet. But we still remember his contributions.

Care to see Iubo score a goal? We are at your service.

(Follow Budd on Twitter @WDX2BB)

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has been involved in almost every aspect of the local sports scene for the last 40 years. He worked for WEBR Radio, the Buffalo Sabres' public relations department and The Buffalo News during that time. In that time he covered virtually every aspect of the area's sports world, from high schools to the Bills and Sabres and everything in between. Along the way, Budd served as a play-by-play announcer for the Bisons, an analyst for the Stallions, and a talk-show host. He won the National Lacrosse League's Tom Borrelli Award as the media personality of the year in 2011, and was a finalist for that same award in 2017. Budd's seventh and eighth books, one on the Transcontinental Railroad and the other about Ichiro Suzuki, are scheduled to be released in the fall.

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