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Former Greyhound Kocic Lifts United To Semis Of U.S. Open Cup

July 8, 2009

BOYDS, Md. - D.C. United rode a strong first-half performance to a 2-1 victory against the Harrisburg City Islanders at the Maryland SoccerPlex on Tuesday, as former Loyola goalkeeper Milos Kocic and the defense held off a spirited challenge from the USL-2 underdogs in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup.

Kocic, a second-round pick of United in the 2009 SuperDraft, made two saves in the win. He has now played in every game for his team in the Open Cup, a tournament open to all USSF affiliated teams, from amateur to professional club teams. United, the defending champions in the tournament, now advance to the semifinals to face the Rochester Rhinos (USL-1) on Tuesday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Maryland Soccerplex in Boyds, Md.

After goals from Boyzzz Khumalo and Andrew Jacobson lifted United to a 2-nil advantage, Kocic and the United defense denied numerous Islander rallies. Harrisburg's Ty Shipalane made the most of a quickly restarted free kick in the 37th minute, driving a shot towards the upper left corner of the United net only to be denied by an excellent leaping save from Kocic.

A native of Leskovac, Serbia, Kocic was named to the All-North Atlantic Regional Team last season for Loyola and earned second team All-American honors from the NSCAA. He graduated early in December 2008 with a degree in International Business.