They Syracuse Orange men’s soccer team is no stranger to the MLS SuperDraft. It’s been a long standing tenure through the Ian McIntyre era for the Orange to at least hear a name or two called on SuperDraft night. This time two Orange players got the nod, with Jeorgio Kocevski heading to Orlando City SC with the 21st selection in the draft and Olu Olegunye heading to the Chicago Fire with the 33rd pick on the night.
Congratulations to Jeorgio! It is very very special to be able to keep a talented player HOME here at @CuseMSOC and then it is truly amazing to watch him continue his journey with @MLS - a wonderful young man and he will join Abdi Salim at @OrlandoCitySC - Good luck Jeo! ⚽️ https://t.co/Vup02iciHo— Ian McIntyre (@IanSMcIntyre) December 19, 2023
Jeorgio Kocevski was a three year starter for the Orange, captaining the 2023 team to a 9-5-7 overall record and was a huge piece of winning the treble with the squad in 2022. The individual accolades for Kocevski over his tenure were impressive. He was named Co-Midfielder of the year in the ACC this season on his 1 goal, 12 assist campaign, pulling the strings for the Orange side.
The Liverpool, NY native will join an Orlando City side that recently drafted Abdi Salim and prior drafted Kamal Miller. There’s a long Orange history in the Sunshine State, with both players still there. Kamal may be over in Miami, but we’ll still annex Florida as part of the Otto-man soccer empire.
Olu was a two year starter for the Orange, solidifying a backline over the last campaigns that won the treble in 2022 and put in a decent 2023 season. The Brampton, Ontario native will have his rights retained by Chicago. He joins two other Orange drafted by Chicago, Mo Adams in 2018 and Ezra Prendergast back in 2006.
Congratulations to both Jeorgio and Olu as they start up their professional careers.