April 23, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Former Loyola men's soccer goalkeeper Milos Kocic made his professional debut on Wednesday night for D.C. United and was impressive, pitching a shutout in United's 2-0 blanking of F.C. Dallas at RFK Stadium.
Kocic, 23, who was selected by United in the second round (21st overall) of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft, earned the start and certainly looked like he belonged on the big stage. He made a number of challenging saves to earn D.C. the win in the first round of qualifying for the US Open Cup.
"Milos [Kocic] did a good job. He came out for a couple of balls that I thought he could've punched a little bit better but overall I thought he did a pretty good job," said D.C. United Head Coach Tom Soehn.
" He's pretty courageous in the box, you'll see that. He likes to come out for balls and he manages the box well. For his first game, where there was something to lose, he did a good job."
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. He was named a Second-Team All-American this past season.
"I was a little bit fired up at the beginning of the game," said Kocic of his debut."I wanted to go for every cross. We have three very good goalkeepers in the team and you've got to grab a chance whenever you have one. I tried to do my best - I was not nervous, just fired up."