ERIC KLENOFSKY DRAFTED BY D.C. UNITED IN 2017 MLS SUPERDRAFT
LOS ANGELES, CA – Monmouth University senior goalkeeper Eric Klenofsky (Lincoln Park, NJ/DePaul Catholic) has been selected 34th overall in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft by D.C. United. Klenofsky becomes the eighth Monmouth student-athlete selected by an MLS team and the sixth in the last seven years, following Matt Jeffrey (No. 78, Colorado), Bryan Meredith (No. 29, Seattle), Ryan Kinne (No. 42, New England), RJ Allen (No. 43, Chivas USA) and Ryan Clark (No. 39, New York Red Bulls), and the seventh overall, also joining Hugh MacDonald and Tom Gray.
“This has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember” said Klenofsky. “I want to thank D.C. United for having faith in me and believing I can play at the next level. This is a dream come true. I wouldn’t be standing here without Coach McCourt, Coach MacDonald, and Coach Blackburn.”
“I’m so blessed to be going to such an amazing organization in D.C. United,” added Klenofsky. “The coaching staff there is top class and I can’t wait to get to work underneath them. I want to thank everyone at Monmouth. My four years in West Long Branch made this day possible and I can’t put into words how much Monmouth means to me.”
Klenofsky garnered multiple accolades throughout his four years in West Long Branch, most recently being 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.
“We are so happy for Eric,” said Monmouth head coach Rob McCourt. “He has always pushed himself to get better, and his everyday habits are those of professional soccer player. He has a wonderful future in Major League Soccer and for D.C. United. It’s going to be fun watching Eric as he progresses onto this next stage of his career.”
Klenofsky was named MAAC Co-Goalkeeper of the Year in November after ranking first in the conference with a .841 save percentage, second with a 0.87 goals against average, and 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.
The goalkeeper took part in the 2017 MLS Player Combine, which ran from January 8 to January 12 in Los Angeles, CA before the January 13 SuperDraft.