March 13, 2009
Baltimore, Md. - Former Loyola All-American goalkeeper Milos Kocic was signed by MLS club D.C. United on Friday, the team announced via a release. In January, Kocic was selected by United in the second round (21st overall) of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. According to United, Kocic will be available to officially join the team upon receipt of his International Transfer Certificate.
A native of Leskovac, Serbia, Kocic assembled a stellar career at Loyola from 2006-08, starting every game the last two seasons and leading his team to school-record 37 wins and 29 shutouts over the span. He graduated early this past December from Loyola with a degree in International Business after transferring from St. John's in 2005.
"We are pleased that Milos is now officially part of our club," said D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper. " He has all of the necessary qualities to be an outstanding goalkeeper in MLS, and he is making very good progress."
His junior year in 2007, Kocic started all of the Greyhound's 23 games, playing every single minute and earning 17 shutouts, tying current Chivas goalkeeper Zach Thornton's school record. He claimed the nation's best goals-against-average (0.47) and finished second in the country with a save percentage of 0.889.
In 2008, he was named a Second Team All-American after leading the Greyhounds to an 18-2-1 record, including a second consecutive appearance in the second round of the NCAA College Cup. After posting 12 shutouts, the 6'4, 200 pounder was named a First Team All-MAAC selection for the second straight season.
In January, Kocic became just the fourth Loyola product to be drafted by a MLS team, joining Thornton (1997 Expansion Draft selection of Chicago Fire), Billy Harte (1997 Columbus Crew selection) and Christof Lindenmayer (2000 Crew selection). He was the second goalkeeper taken.
"We are very pleased and excited for Milos and on behalf of the Loyola soccer program we all wish him every success as he embarks on his professional soccer career," said Loyola Head Coach Mark Mettrick.