DURHAM, N.C.—Duke senior goalkeeper Robert Moewes became the latest Blue Devil to be selected in the 2017 Major League Soccer SuperDraft, being chosen by Toronto FC with the eighth pick of the third round and the 52nd choice overall. Former Blue Devil Jeremy Ebobisse went fourth overall in the draft.
Moewes is the second Duke goalkeeper under head coach John Kerr to be drafted by an MLS squad. James Belshaw was picked 49th by the Chicago Fire in 2013.
The Germany native and other selected players will now have the opportunity to impress their clubs during preseason training camps in an effort to secure a spot on a team’s final roster. MLS clubs are not restricted on the number of players attending preseason training camps, but each team must be roster and salary budget compliant by March 1.
Moewes, Duke’s stalwart keeper in 2016, was voted as the team’s Most Valuable Player after anchoring Duke’s defense in 2016. He played all but 28 minutes in goal and posted a 1.36 goals against average and a .736 save percentage. The Germany native ranked third in the ACC in saves with 3.94 and 67 overall.
In Duke’s upset win over No. 9 UCLA Moewes made a season-high eight saves, including five in the second half, to earn ACC Defensive Player of the Week as well as College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer Teams of the Week honors. He was equally as outstanding in Duke’s upset victory over No. 4 Notre Dame with seven saves, three of which came in the second overtime.
Moewes came to Durham after two seasons as the starting goalkeeper at Binghamton University. He was a two-time America East Goalkeeper of the Year and garnered NSCAA All-Region first team honors in 2014. For his career, Moewes started 53 games and sported a 1.21 goals against average and a .775 save percentage.
Toronto FC was the runner-up for the 2016 MLS Cup, finishing with a 14-9-11 overall record. Its 39 goals against were the fewest in the Eastern Conference and the second fewest in MLS. Syracuse product Alex Bono and former Elon goalkeeper Clint Irwin split duties in goal for Toronto FC in 2016.