Monmouth's Eric Klenofsky Selected to Participate in 2017 MLS Player Combine
Release: December 15, 2016
LOS ANGELES, CA - Monmouth University men’s soccer goalkeeper Eric Klenofsky (Lincoln Park, NJ/DePaul Catholic) has been selected to take part in the 2017 MLS Player Combine, slated to take place January 8 to January 12 in Los Angeles, CA. Klenofsky joins former Hawks Hugh MacDonald, Bryan Meredith, Ryan Kinne, RJ Allen, and Ryan Clark as recent Monmouth players to participate in the combine. The MLS SuperDraft is scheduled for Friday, January 13 at the LA Convention Center.
“We are very excited for Eric,” said Monmouth head coach Rob McCourt. “He is widely regarded as one of the top goalkeepers in college soccer. He has been invited to three Major League Soccer mini-combines, a tryout with an English Premier League team and now the 2017 MLS Player Combine. Eric has carried himself as a young professional on and off the field during his career here at Monmouth. He has earned everything he gets in life, and it’s going to be fun to watch him in this next stage of his career.”
Major League Soccer announced that a total of 53 NCAA Division I college players were invited to participate in the 2017 adidas MLS Player Combine. According to the MLS website, a committee of MLS and NCAA Division I coaches from every conference selected the invitees, all of whom completed their college eligibility this season. A mix of MLS academy personnel and college head coaches will make up the Combine coaching staff.
Klenofsky was recently named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) First Team All-Northeast Region Team for the second consecutive season. The MAAC Preseason Player of the Year played in 11 games, recording a 5-4-2 record with four shutouts. His 36 career wins are the second-most in conference history, and he ends his Monmouth career with 32 shutouts.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to play professional soccer and getting an invite to the MLS Combine makes that dream another step closer,” said Klenofsky. “The Monmouth Soccer program and everyone that embodies it put me in the position to get to this point in my life and I couldn’t be more appreciative of that. It’s a privilege to be able to go up against some of the best guys in college soccer and I can’t wait to get out to LA and give it my best.”
The senior was named MAAC Co-Goalkeeper of the Year last month. Klenofsky ranked first in the conference with a .841 save percentage, second with a 0.87 goals against average, and was tied for fifth with four shutouts. He averaged 4.82 saves per game, which was third in the MAAC and recorded 53 saves, which were the eighth-most in the conference. Klenofsky leaves Monmouth with the fourth-best goals against average in program history (0.745) and the third highest save percentage (0.842). He was named MAAC Defensive Player of the Week twice this season, also earning a Second Team All-MAAC selection.
Klenofsky earned All-MAAC Second Team in 2013 and 2014, before elevating to the First Team and being named MAAC Goalkeeper of the Year in 2015. He was the 2013 and 2014 NCAA Division I Statistical Champion in goals-against average and posted a 1.00 GAA and .784 save percentage with seven shutouts last year.