Men's Soccer Milos Kocic Taken By D.C. United in MLS Draft

Jan. 15, 2009

BALTIMORE - Former Loyola men's soccer goalkeeper Milos Kocic was selected on Thursday by D.C. United in the second round (21st overall pick) of the 2009 Major League Soccer Draft.

Kocic, who graduated early in December from Loyola with a degree in international business, said he watched the draft at teammate Mike Deasel's house and said he was still in shock over the news.

"This is a dream come true for me," said Kocic, who played at Loyola for three years. "I'm just so happy right now to get the chance to fulfill my dream to play professionally."

A native of Leskovac, Serbia, Kocic was named a Second Team All-American in 2008 after leading the Greyhounds to an 18-2-1 record, including a second straight appearance in the second round of the NCAA College Cup. Kocic posted 12 shutouts for Loyola last season with a 0.87 GAA.

He was named to the All-MAAC First Team over the last two seasons and in 2007, he tied Loyola alum and current MLS Chivas goalkeeper Zach Thornton with a school-record 17 shutouts. He also led the country that season with a 0.47 GAA.

"I am very happy for Milos to realize his dream to play at the professional level and it is a remarkable achievement," said Loyola Head Coach Mark Mettrick, who attended the draft in St. Louis. "It has always been Milos' ambition to play professionally and it's an added benefit to join D.C. United.

"We are thrilled to see him graduate early and to have a chance to fulfill his dream. We we wish him all the best."

Kocic started every game the last two years for the Greyhounds between the frame, helping the team to a 37-5-2 record, including 29 shutouts. Both the 37 wins and 29 shutouts over a two-year span are school records. He transferred to Loyola from St. John's in 2006.

Kocic said he plans on meeting with team officials from D.C. United later this week to see when he reports for training. Impressively, Kocic was the second goalkeeper taken off the board on the day, with only California-Berkeley's Stefan Frei (Toronto FC) going before him.

Last year, D.C. United went 11-15 in the Eastern Conference of the MLS. Kocic said that the team will likely keep two goalkeepers on its roster.

With the close proximity between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., Kocic said he expects to have plenty of backing from the Loyola soccer community.

"It's great because I have a lot of friends here in Baltimore, and I am very excited for them to have the chance to see me play," said Kocic. "I know I am going to have great support."