Oct. 1, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Former Loyola men's soccer All-American Milos Kocic made two spectator saves, helping D.C. United move one step close to a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals.
Kocic, who graduated with his degree in December 2008, helped his Major League Soccer side earn a 5-1 victory against San Juan Jabloteh from Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday night at RFK Stadium.
The victory improves United's record to 3-2-0 (nine points) in CONCACAF Champions League group play. The side will now watch the results of tonight's match between two other group members, Toluca of Mexico and Marathon of Honduras. A Toluca win would guarantee United a spot in the quarterfinals of the championship between club teams from North and Central America and the Caribbean.
D.C. United opened up a 3-0 advantage before halftime, but Kocic was tested in the second. Just over seven minutes into the second stanza, Jabloteh midfielder Willis Plaza eluded a United defender and struck a hard, low shot toward the far post. Kocic, however, made a beautiful kick save to block the attempt.
Kocic made another save on a close-range show by Jabloteh's Jerrel Britto.
The Loyola alumnus is expected to be United's starting goalkeeper for the remainder of the season. His side resumes MLS action in its quest for a playoff spot in the league wiht a 7:30 p.m. match on Saturday evening at home versus Chivas USA.
The match will pit two former Loyola goalkeepers against each other, as two-time Greyhound All-American Zach Thornton '94 made the MLS All-Star game this summer the Chivas USA keeper.