DURHAM, N.C. - Duke senior Chris Loftus was chosen by the New England Revolution last week in the Major League Soccer 2007 Supplemental Draft. Loftus was chosen in the fourth round with the 38th pick overall. He becomes the 14th player from Duke drafted by the MLS.
Loftus, who hails from Springfield, Ill., played midfield and forward in his four years at Duke, and saw time in 80 games in his career, making starts in 58 of them. He tallied 24 goals on 103 shots, and accumulated 14 assists. Loftus was a captain as a junior and senior, and was named to the 2005 All-ACC Second Team and All-ACC Academic Team. As a freshman in 2003, Loftus was placed on the ACC All-Freshmen Team and on the ACC Honor Roll. After missing three games due to injury in the 2006 post-season, he returned to score a crucial goal against UCLA in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals.
Loftus will join classmate Kyle Helton and former Blue Devil Jay Heaps on the Revolution this season. Helton was selected with the 51st overall pick in the fourth round of the MLS SuperDraft that took place on Jan. 12. Heaps graduated from Duke in 1999 and was a two-time All-America as a Blue Devil. He also is fourth on the lists for career goals and assists at Duke. Heaps was drafted by the Miami Fusion in 1999 with the second overall pick of the draft, and joined the Revolution in 2001.
“I couldn’t ask for a better situation,” said Loftus after being drafted. “I’m really excited to be going up to New England. They have one of the best organizations in the MLS and do a really good job of taking care of their players. It’s an honor to continue to play with Kyle (Helton) and to join one of the all-time Duke greats in Jay Heaps.”
Loftus and Helton both competed in the 2007 adidas MLS Player Combine, which took place Jan. 5-8 in Ft. Laurderdale, Fla. Coach John Rennie was one of four college coaches who coached the scrimmages during the combine.