CHARLOTTE, NC – Senior Josh Gros (Mechanicsburg, PA) of the Rutgers men’s soccer team was selected by the DC United with the fourth pick of the fourth round (34th overall) of the 2004 Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft on Friday, Jan. 16, at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC.
“I am delighted for Josh,” said Rutgers head coach Bob Reasso. “This is a well-deserved honor for him. We have had a number of players go on to be successful in the MLS and I think Josh will do the same. I am excited that he gets to stay close to home in the Northeast with the DC United. It is a perfect fit. This is a culmination of a great collegiate career.”
Gros was the third selection for DC United in the draft, behind forward, and No. 1 overall pick, Freddy Adu and defender Kevin Ara (24th overall).
Gros ended his collegiate career with 60 points on 22 goals and 16 assists. This past season, he tallied 16 goals and five assists for 37 points to finish 10th in the Rutgers single season record book for points and goals. He was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year at the Conference’s annual awards banquet in November.
Gros was named a Third Team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), while earning Second Team honors by College Soccer News in 2003.
Gros was also an All-BIG EAST First Team selection, while earning league Player of the Week accolades three times in 2003, the most of any player in the conference. He was an adidas/NSCAA Mid-Atlantic All-Region First Team selection. He garnered National Player of the Week laurels by College Soccer News on Sept. 22. The senior was among the national leaders in scoring, finishing 15th in goals (0.73) and 21st in points (1.68) per game. Gros’ five game-winning goals are tied for sixth on the Rutgers single-season charts. He scored at least one goal in 13 of 22 matches this past season, leading Rutgers to a 9-3-1 record in those games.
He becomes the second Rutgers player in as many years to be drafted by the MLS, joining former RU All-American Guy Abrahamson who was a fifth round selection of the Columbus Crew last season.