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Fochive Wins MLS Cup With Portland

George Fochive and the Portland Timbers won the 2015 MLS Cup on Sunday night.
Dec. 7, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. – Former UConn men’s soccer midfielder George Fochive (’13) became the third-ever Husky to win the Major League Soccer Cup when the Portland Timbers topped the Columbus Crew, 2-1, to win their first-ever championship on Sunday night at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

Fochive joins Kevin Burns (Columbus, 2008) and Mpho Moloi (Houston, 2006 and 2007) as the only Huskies to reach the sport’s highest level.

The midfielder played in 11 games, making eight starts for the Timbers in 2015, registering one assist in 684 game minutes.

Fochive, who was drafted No. 39 overall by the Timbers in the 2014 MLS Draft, played two years at UConn after transferring from Hawaii Pacific University. He started all 45 games for the Huskies from 2012-13, helping Connecticut reach the NCAA Quarterfinals in back-to-back seasons.

The Paris, France native was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Northeast First Team in 2014 after leading a Connecticut defense that recorded 12 shutouts in 2013. The Huskies boasted a 0.69 goals against average during the campaign, good for the 11th-best mark in the country.



Fochive also notched his first two collegiate goals in his final seasons in Storrs, the first of which came in a 1-1 draw against South Florida on Sept. 27th, 2013. 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.