Feb. 26, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. – Former University of Connecticut midfielder George Fochive has signed with the Portland Timbers of the MLS, as announced by the club this weekend.
Fochive, who was drafted No. 39 overall by the Timbers in January’s MLS Draft, played two years at UConn after transferring from Hawaii Pacific University. He started all 45 games for the Huskies during that time, helping Connecticut reach the NCAA Quarterfinals each season.
The Paris, France native was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Northeast First Team this past season after leading a Connecticut defense that recorded 12 shutouts in 2013. The Huskies boasted a 0.69 goals against average, good for the 11th-best mark in the country.
Fochive also notched his first two collegiate goals this past year, the first of which came in a 1-1 draw against South Florida on Sept. 27th. In his junior year, the Huskies claimed the Big East regular season title, going 17-4-1 on the season. Fochive was fifth on the team in shots in 2012 and he assisted on Connecticut’s game-winning goal against Northeastern in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. After two successful years at Connecticut, Fochive feels he is prepared to compete in the MLS.
“Playing at UConn is similar to playing for a professional team with the way that Coach Reid treats us and educates us,” Fochive said. “You obviously learn a lot being at UConn since you’re part of one of the top programs in the country. We played top teams every year and we took every game like it was a championship.”
Fochive now joins former UConn stars Andre Blake, Carlos Alvarez, Josh Ford, Tony Cascio, Andrew Jean-Baptiste and Kwame Watson-Siriboe in the MLS as he looks to contribute to a Portland team that finished first in the Western Conference last season and made it to the Western Conference Championship, where it fell to Real Salt Lake.
“I’m just looking to grow as a player and get better for my team,” Fochive said. “This is the top league in our country and as a rookie I want to get better every day and become one of the top players at my position.”
The Timbers open regular season play March 8th at home against the Philadelphia Union.
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