Soccer: Vegalta Sendai manager Kiyama to step down after season

Vegalta Sendai manager Takashi Kiyama will step down at the end of the season, the struggling J-League first-division club announced Friday. The 48-year-old Kiyama took the helm in Sendai this year after compiling a solid track record in the second division with clubs including Ehime FC and Montedio Yamagata. But Sendai have faltered under his stewardship, failing to win a single league or cup game at home and dropping to 16th in the standings following 17 straight rounds without a victory. In a statement through the club, Kiyama said he would aim for a breakthrough victory at Yurtec Stadium o…

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