PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers senior Josh Gros (Mechanicsburg, PA) signed a professional contract on Thursday, Feb. 26, to play soccer with Major League Soccer’s DC United beginning with the upcoming 2004 season. The soccer standout signed a four-year contract with the club after spending the past three weeks training with the team. A month earlier, Gros was selected by DC United in the fourth round of the 2004 MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 26. He was the 34th pick overall and the third selection of the DC United.
“It has always been a dream of mine to play professional soccer,” said Gros. “I am thankful for this opportunity and am excited to begin my future with the DC United.”
Gros trained with the team for two weeks at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL, before closing out preseason camp with the club in Washington, DC, last week.
He will make his professional debut on April 3, when the DC United host the defending champion San Jose Earthquakes at RFK Stadium at 4 p.m. in front of a national television audience on ABC.
Gros will play outside midfield for the United, who finished the 2003 season 10-11-9, losing to the Eastern Conference Champion Chicago Fire in the playoffs.
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. He 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.