Miloš Kocić

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Miloš Kocić
Milos Kocic - photo by Djuradj Vujcic (larger size).jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1985-06-04) June 4, 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Leskovac, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Győr
Number 30
Youth career
2001–2003 Dubočica Leskovac
2005 St. John's Red Storm
2006–2008 Loyola Greyhounds
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Radnički Jugopetrol 35 (0)
2005 Železnik Belgrade[1] 0 (0)
2009 D.C. United 4 (0)
2010–2012 Toronto FC 37 (0)
2010 Serbian White Eagles (loan) 20 (0)
2013 Portland Timbers 2 (0)
2014– Győr 0 (0)
National team
2003–2005 Serbia and Montenegro U19 12 (0)
2003–2005 Serbia and Montenegro U21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 3, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of December 12, 2013

Miloš Kocić (Serbian Cyrillic: Mилoш Koцић; born June 4, 1985) is a Serbian footballer who plays for Hungarian First Division side Győri ETO FC.[2]

Career[edit]

Youth and college[edit]

Kocić was born in Yugoslavia prior to the country's break-up. He began playing soccer in the Serbian League East, and was part of the youth system of his home town team Dubočica Leskovac[3] before coming to the United States in 2005.

He played college soccer at St. John's University and at Loyola College in Maryland. Kocic red-shirted during his first year in the US at St. John's before transferring to Loyola. At Loyola, he struggled at first - in 2006, he was the second goalkeeper and only found time in two matches the entire season. However, he made great strides the next two years and in 2008 (his final season at Loyola) he was named First Team All-MAAC as well as being named to the All-North Atlantic Regional Team and the All-American second team.

Professional[edit]

Kocić was drafted in the second round (21st overall) of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft by D.C. United,[4] but did not sign with the team immediately; after several offers with clubs in his native Serbia, including Red Star Belgrade,[5] he eventually decided to sign a developmental contract with Major League Soccer.[6]

Kocić made his professional debut for DC on April 22, 2009, in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup against FC Dallas.[7] He made his MLS debut the following week, on May 2, 2009, also against FC Dallas.[8]

Following the 2009 season, Kocić was released by United and was initially without a team after a failed trial with Toronto FC until a second trial period, after which the club ended up signing him for the 2010 season.[9] He made his debut for Toronto in the Canadian Championship against the Vancouver Whitecaps June 2, 2010.

He spent most of 2010 on loan with Serbian White Eagles, wearing the number 1, where he was voted the 2010 CSL goalkeeper of the year.[10]

Kocić made his CONCACAF Champions League debut with Toronto FC on August 24, 2010 against Árabe Unido of Panama. More than a month later he made his debut in the league for Toronto on October 16, 2010 versus Columbus Crew in a 2-2 home draw after teammate Jon Conway was shown a red card in the 72nd minute. A week later Kocić made his first start in the league for Toronto in the last game of the year versus his old club D.C. United on October 23, 2010.

Kocić made his 2011 season debut on July 27 in a 2-1 home victory over Real Esteli. during Champions League play.[11] A few weeks later on August 13 Miloš played in his first league match of the season with Stefan Frei sustaining a minor injury in practice that week, the game against Real Salt Lake ended in a 1-0 home victory.[12] During that game Kocić made an impressive save in the 90th minute of play from a Will Johnson volley that later earned Miloš MLS Save of the Week Honours.[13]

At the start of the 2012 season there was much doubt over who the starting keeper would be, after Frei started the first game against Los Angeles Galaxy in the first leg of the Champions League quarter finals. Kocić started in the return leg with a stand out performance, a week later Frei sustained a broken fibula during training requiring surgery expected to keep him out for six months.[14][15]

Kocić, along with Ryan Johnson, was traded to the Portland Timbers on December 12, 2012 for the third overall selection in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, Joe Bendik and allocation money. "With the addition of Miloš, we felt it was important to add another experienced goalkeeper to strengthen our depth in that position," said Timbers technical director Gavin Wilkinson.[16]

On January 25, 2014, Kocić announced through his Twitter feed that he had started a goalkeeping academy in Toronto and had retired from soccer for family reasons.[17] [18][19]

Personal[edit]

Kocić graduated from Loyola University Maryland with a degree in International Business. His surname is often misspelled as Kočić.[20]

Honours[edit]

Toronto FC[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dekisa (2005). "FK Železnik - profile" (in Serbian). Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  2. ^ http://www.eto.hu/hir/8437/milos_kocic_3_evre_az_eto-ban/
  3. ^ http://dcunited.mlsnet.com/news/team_news.jsp?ymd=20090210&content_id=217074&vkey=news_dcu&fext=.jsp&team=t103
  4. ^ http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/ThePitch/20090423-Not-bad-not-bad-at-all-43537162.html
  5. ^ United's Kocic not lacking confidence
  6. ^ Vujcic, Djuradj (2012-03-11). "Milos Kocic RedNation Online Interview". Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  7. ^ http://www.mlsnet.com/scoreboard/game.jsp?match=04072009_COLLA
  8. ^ http://web.mlsnet.com/scoreboard/game.jsp?match=05022009_DALDC
  9. ^ http://www.torontofc.ca/news/2010/04/toronto-signs-milos-kocic
  10. ^ Rocket Robin (2010-10-31). "October 31, 2010 CSL - Hamilton Croatia vs. Brantford Galaxy (by Rocket Robin)". Retrieved 2011-06-23. 
  11. ^ "Plata Paces Toronto To Victory". Toronto FC. 27 July 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  12. ^ "Plata & Kocic Star In TFC Victory". Toronto FC. 13 August 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  13. ^ "Kocic Wins MLS Save Of The Week". Toronto FC. 19 August 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  14. ^ "TFC's Frei out 8-10 weeks with broken leg". Rogers Sportsnet. 24 March 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  15. ^ "Toronto FC Goalkeep Stefan Frei to Miss Six Months". National Post. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  16. ^ Firchau, Nick. "Timbers deal again, this time for TFC's Johnson, Kocić," Major League Soccer, Wednesday, December 12, 2012.
  17. ^ "Milos Kocic Goalkeeping Academy" Accessed Jan 24, 2014.
  18. ^ "Kocic announces Academy" Twitter Jan 24, 2014.
  19. ^ "Former TFC keeper Milos Kocic opens Toronto academy". Toronto Star. 27 January 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  20. ^ United moves closer to Open Cup return

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