LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Former Dartmouth men’s soccer goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland ’16, was recently selected fourth in the second round of the 2017 Major League Soccer SuperDraft by the Chicago Fire.
Cleveland played his fifth year of eligibility at Louisville this past fall after exhausting his Ivy League Conference eligibility by earning his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in the spring of 2016. The Dayton, Ohio native earned College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America Second Team accolades while playing every minute in goal and starting all 22 matches.
He registered 10 shutouts overall, the most for a Cardinals’ goalkeeper since 2011, and ranked 14th in the nation in goals against average at .710. Cleveland helped lead Louisville to the quarterfinals of the NCAA College Cup and a No. 6 ranking in the final NSCAA Coaches Poll.
“We are all extremely excited for Stefan, he had a wonderful career at Dartmouth and was a tremendous teammate during his time at Dartmouth,” said Chad Riley, Bobby Clark Head Coach of Men’s Soccer. “We are all looking forward to following his career with the Chicago Fire.”
Cleveland also had a phenomenal career during his three seasons in net for Dartmouth. Cleveland was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year after he led the league in save percentage (.866) and goals-against average (0.62) for most of the season in 2015.
Cleveland also recorded an impressive nine shutouts to complement his 9-4-1 record between the pipes his senior year, leading the Big Green to their second consecutive Ivy League title. He was also named to the 2015 CoSIDA Academic All-American Second Team and was the only Ancient Eight representative to receive this honor.
During his three seasons in Hanover, Cleveland left his mark on the record book, as he is tied for third all-time with 16 career shutouts and is sixth in program history with a 0.99 career goals-against-average.
Cleveland becomes the fourth player in program history to be drafted by the MLS after Lucky Mkosana was selected by the Chicago Fire with the No. 23 overall pick in 2012. Cleveland also joins Daniel Keat (2007-10) and Bobby Meyer (1996-99) as members of the Big Green who have continued their soccer careers in the MLS.