KINGSTON, R.I. - Rhode Island men's soccer standout Stavros Zarokostas (Coventry, R.I.) was selected in the third round of the 2020 MLS SuperDraft, going to the New York Red Bulls as the 62nd overall pick. Zarokostas is the first Rhody player drafted since former MLS All-Star and US Men's National Team member Geoff Cameron was selected in the third round of the 2008 draft.
"We're all very proud of Stavros and excited for him and his family," head coach Gareth Elliott said. "He put in the work to get to where he is and is very deserving of this opportunity."
Similar to Cameron, Zarokostas finished his collegiate career with a lengthy list of accolades, including two United Soccer Coaches All-Region awards and three Atlantic 10 All-Conference honors. He also was the A-10's Rookie of the Year in 2016.
"I actually don't think I've fully processed the fact that I was just drafted," Zarokostas joked. "Having the opportunity to play soccer professionally has been a lifelong dream of mine though, so I'm just incredibly happy right now, and so grateful to my coaches and teammates here at URI for making me a better player every time we stepped out on the pitch together."
For his career, Zarokostas racked up 73 career points - scoring 28 goals and adding 17 assists in 74 games played. He leaves URI ranked 12th all-time in career points.
"Stavros has been a key part of our program over the last four years, and is the kind of player that - when you go to battle, you want him on your side," Elliott added. "I have no doubt that he will continue to represent our program, as well as our university, and the state of Rhode Island as a whole, very well as he begins the next chapter of his playing career."
A team captain for the Rams, Zarokostas also helped lead Rhode Island to back-to-back Atlantic 10 Championship titles, an A-10 Regular Season crown, and consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. The Coventry, R.I. native - who was born in Leonidion, Greece - is the son of Vasilicki and Ilias Zarokostas.
New York opens the 2020 season on Sunday, March 1, at home against FC Cincinnati. The Red Bulls are scheduled to take on the New England Revolution at nearby Gillette Stadium on July 25.