April 15, 2010
TORONTO, Ontario, Canada - Former Loyola University Maryland All-American Milos Kocic has signed a contract to continue his career in Major League Soccer with Toronto F.C.
Kocic, who graduated from Loyola in December 2008 with a degree in international business, was drafted in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft by D.C. United and played for the side last season in the MLS.
He is the third player to graduate from Loyola in the last two years to continue his soccer career on the professional level. Kocic joins two December 2009 graduated - forward Jamie Darvill and center back Tennant McVea - to play at the professional level. Darvill will take the pitch for Real Maryland, and McVea will suit up for F.C. Lahti.
"We congratulate Milos for signing with Toronto," Loyola Head Coach Mark Mettrick said. "He had a wonderful career before graduating from Loyola, and he has continued that in the MLS."
In addtition to Darvill, Kocic and McVea, another former Loyola standout is playing professionally.
Zach Thornton, a 1995 graduate of Loyola, is back in a MLS uniform for Chivas U.S.A. Last season, Thornton was named the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year after an All-Star season that saw him lead Chivas to the playoffs and record 12 clean sheets.
During his career at Loyola, Kocic earned NSCAA/adidas All-America Second Team honors and was a two-time Regional All-American. He helped the Greyhounds reach the NCAA College Cup in 2007 and 2008, as Loyola went 37-5-2 during his starts in goal.
Of the Greyhounds' 37 wins and two ties during Kocic's tenure, 29 were by virtue of the shutout. The native of Leskovac, Serbia, Kocic led the NCAA with a goals against average of just 0.47 in 2007.
Toronto hosts the Philadelphia Union today, April 15, in the first match this season at BMO Field.