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Chicago Fire Select Kinney in MLS Superdraft

Posted in News with tags , , on January 15, 2010 by elonmenssoccer

ELON, N.C. –After performing well at the 2010 adidas Major League Soccer Player Combine, Elon defender Steven Kinney became the first player in program history to be drafted into the MLS. With the 45th pick of the 2010 Major League Soccer SuperDraft, the Chicago Fire selected Kinney on Thursday.

“This is a great honor to go on to the next step,” Kinney commented. “The combine was one step, this is the next step and now I have to go to preseason camp and perform. I feel that Elon and Coach Powell definitely prepared me for this next experience. I think Coach has given me the keys to be successful at the next level and I am confident in my ability.”

Kinney, who completed his degree in December, has been one of the most impressive players to ever wear the maroon and gold. The four-year starter was a three-time first-team All-Southern Conference selection during his time on the Elon back line. Kinney helped the Phoenix record 28 shutouts over four seasons, including a school-record tying 10 in 2009. The native of Norcross, Ga., was honored as one of the 30 finalists for the Lowes Senior CLASS award as a senior, while leading Elon to its first-ever appearance in the league tournament championship game. Kinney was also the first Phoenix men’s soccer player to earn Academic All-America status, being named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America third team in November.

Said Powell, “We are very excited for Steven to get drafted in the MLS and this is also great news for our program. We are pleased that Steven will get to pursue his professional ambitions with the Chicago Fire and the soccer staff, our team and I wish him the best of luck in the future.”

The co-captain netted eight goals and assisted on two others during his Elon career. Kinney was instrumental in Elon’s unbeaten conference slate in 2008 as the Phoenix won its first SoCon regular-season title.

At the combine, Kinney started at center back and played the full 90 minutes in the first game, scoring the team’s game-winning goal after he held off his defender and put home a diving header off a free kick en route to Condivo’s 4-1 victory over F50i.

In game two, Condivo posted a 2-1 win over Predator X. Kinney competed at the right back position during the second half of action. In the final game, Condivo defeated Jabulani, 1-0, as Kinney moved back to his natural center back position.

Kinney, the lone Southern Conference player drafted this year, will report to Chicago’s training camp at the end of January.



Thomas Named SoCon Frosh of the Year; 6 Phoenix Named All-SoCon

Posted in News with tags , , on November 12, 2009 by elonmenssoccer

thomas1_ms_400_233SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Elon rookie Chris Thomas was named the Southern Conference Men’s Soccer Freshman of the Year and five other Phoenix players were recognized with all-conference honors as announced by the league on Thursday. Thomas is the second Elon player to be selected as the conference’s rookie of the year and first since Kiki Willis earned the award in 2005.

The Phoenix had the most first-team honorees of any team in the SoCon with four players garnering top recognition. Seniors Steven Kinney and Justin Wyatt made their third straight appearance on the first team, while Erfan Imeni was selected for the second consecutive year. Junior goalkeeper Clint Irwin earned all-conference honors for the third time, being named to the top team for the first time. Thomas and junior Brad Franks received second-team accolades and Thomas also earned a spot on the all-freshman squad.

Thomas had a stellar rookie campaign, netting a team-high eight goals and adding two assists to lead Elon with 18 points. The native of Snellville, Ga., ranked second in the SoCon in goals scored and was tied for fourth in points. Two of Thomas’ strikes were game-winners, including the goal against Atlantic Coast Conference foe Clemson.

Kinney has been the key to Elon’s dominating defense over the past four years. The four-year starter has helped the Phoenix to a league-leading nine shutouts in 2009. Kinney is no stranger to the goal either, having tallied three scores and two assists in his final season.

Wyatt continues to add honors to his already lengthy list. The midfielder is second on the team in points (15), goals (5) and assists (5) this season. Four of his markers have been game-winners, tied for the most in the conference. Most recently, Wyatt tucked in the lone score in Elon’s 1-0 victory against UNC Greensboro to help the Phoenix clinch a spot in the SoCon Tournament. Wyatt is second all-time at Elon with 31 career goals and 79 career points.

A local talent out of Burlington, N.C., Imeni has been brilliant in the midfield for the Phoenix this season. The senior has racked up a career-best seven assists this season, bringing his four-year total to 15. He is now tied for eighth on Elon’s career assist list. Imeni has also scored two goals this season, both coming in the Phoenix’s victory over Winthrop.

With 18 career shutouts to his credit, Irwin is now just one away from tying the school record set by Kip Rackley (1984-87). The goalie leads the SoCon with nine clean slates and a 0.87 GAA. Irwin is second in the league with 65 saves. The nine shutouts are the most during Elon’s Division I era and just one away from tying the record of 10 set by the 1987 and 1988 teams.

Franks makes his first appearance on an all-conference team after netting three scores and an assist from his midfield position. The junior netted the golden goal in Elon’s 2-1 overtime victory against then-conference unbeaten Davidson. Franks also knocked in the game-winning goal against Marshall early in the season.

Davidson forward Charlie Reiter was named the league’s player of the year while Wofford’s Ralph Polson was selected the SoCon Coach of the Year.

The Southern Conference Tournament begins on Friday, November 13 at Snyder Field on the campus of Wofford College. Elon will take on College of Charleston in the first game of the semifinals at 5 p.m., followed by Wofford versus UNC Greensboro at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-12.

SoCon All-Conference Teams



2008: A Championship Season

Posted in News with tags , , on June 19, 2009 by elonmenssoccer

Crop 2008 Season in Review   A look back at the 2008 season, which saw the Phoenix finish10-9-1 overall and a perfect 7-0-0 in Southern Conference play as the squad captured the program’s first ever SoCon title. 

(Courtesy Elon University Athletics)