Dec. 11, 2008
BALTIMORE - Loyola soccer goalkeeper Milos Kocic has been selected as one of 65 collegiate upperclassmen invited to participate in the 2009 adidas Major League Soccer player combine, held Jan. 9-13, 2009, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Kocic, a native of Leskovac, Serbia, has started every game the last two years for the Greyhounds in front of the net, leading the team to its most successful two-year stretch in program history. This season, he earned first team All-MAAC recognition after ranking 13th nationally in save percentage (0.867) and heading a defense which posted 12 shutouts, good for 10th in the country. He will graduate in December.
In the last two seasons with Kocic between the frame, Loyola has gone 37-5-1 and made consecutive appearances in the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1986-87. The program's 37 wins during that stretch are the most in program history. The Greyhounds advanced as high as No. 6 in the NSCAA/adidas national poll this season, and earned a first-round bye in the College Cup.
An imposing figure at 6'5, 220 pounds, Kocic led the nation in goals-against-average in 2007 (0.47-a-game) and was second in the country in save percentage at .889. His 17 shutouts in 2007 tied former Loyola All-American Zach Thornton, who currently plays with Chivas USA of MLS, for the school record.
The coaches and staff of all 15 MLS teams will be in attendance to scout talent at the combine, which concludes two days before the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. In 2008, 43 of the 56 players selected in the MLS draft participated in the combine; of those, 12 players were selected in the first round. The 2009 MLS SuperDraft will be held on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 in St. Louis, Mo.
The 2009 adidas MLS Player Combine will separate players into four teams and feature two games per day at Lockhart Stadium on Jan. 10, 11 and 13.