Eric Klenofsky

Eric Klenofsky (born September 21, 1994) is an American soccer player who plays as a goalkeeper for Toronto FC II in USL League One.

Eric Klenofsky
Personal information
Full name Eric Klenofsky
Date of birth (1994-09-21) September 21, 1994
Place of birth Lincoln Park, New Jersey, United States
Height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Toronto FC II
Number 40
Youth career
2011–2013 TSF Academy
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2016 Monmouth Hawks 66 (0)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Jersey Blues FC 5 (0)
2014–2015 Ocean City Nor'easters 8 (0)
2016 New York Red Bulls U-23 15 (0)
2017 D.C. United 0 (0)
2017Richmond Kickers (loan) 1 (0)
2018 Richmond Kickers 0 (0)
2018–2019 Hapoel Marmorek 15 (0)
2019– Toronto FC II 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:40, April 21, 2019 (UTC)

Career

Youth and college

Klenofsky played high school soccer for DePaul Catholic High School and the TSF Academy Club team. While at DePaul Catholic, Klenofsky, helped the DePaul Spartans win their first Passaic County Championship in 2012. He was also part of the TSF U-18 club team that won the Super Y-League championship in 2011. Ahead of the 2013 NCAA Division I men's soccer season, Klenofsky committed to Monmouth University to play for the Monmouth Hawks men's soccer program.

During his freshman year, Klenofsky replaced Stephen Graziani as the starting goalie halfway through the season. As a starter, Monmouth's record vastly improved as the Hawks closed out the season with a 7–1–4 record with him in the net. Klenofsky finished with a 0.22 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage. These were both the best records of goalkeepers across the nation, and set a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men's soccer season record. During his freshman season, Klenofsky helped the Hawks reach the championship game of the 2013 MAAC Men's Soccer Tournament, where they eventually fell on penalties to the Quinnipiac Bobcats.

Klenofsky cemented his role as the program's starting keeper ahead of his sophomore year. Again, Klenofsky lead the nation with a 0.48 goals-against average, as well finishing second in the nation and MAAC in save percentage (.880). Klenofsky was only behind fellow Kicker, Matt Turner. Klenofsky's record in 2014 proved to be 11–4–6 which included 12 shoutouts, which stands as the fourth all-time in a single season at the university. Klenofsky continued his success in his junior and senior seasons earned All-MAAC First Team, ECAC All-Star and NSCAA All-Northeast Regional Honors. He finished in the Top 5 of best save percentages and goals-against averages of NCAA keepers his final two years of college.

Senior

Ahead of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, Klenofsky went on trial to Premier League side, Everton, although it was unknown if he was offered a contract.[1] Klenofsky ended up partaking in the Draft, where he was selected in the third round, with the 34th overall pick by D.C. United.[2] Klenofsky was offered a contract in February 2017. He was subsequently sent on loan to the Richmond Kickers, where he made his professional debut on April 8, 2017, in a 1–0 home loss to Louisville City FC. Klenofsky played the entire match.[3] On November 28, 2017 his contract option with United was declined.[4]

References

  1. Mendola, Nicholas (December 16, 2016). "U.S. Goalkeeper Klenofsky on Trial at Everton: "A Dream of Mine"". NBC Sports. NBC Sports Group. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
  2. Lawlor, Christopher (January 15, 2017). "DePaul graduate Klenofsky drafted by D.C. United". The Record. Gannett Company. Retrieved March 9, 2017.
  3. "Late Penalty Call Gives Richmond Second Straight Loss". Richmond Kickers. richmondkickers.com. April 8, 2017. Archived from the original on April 9, 2017. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
  4. "D.C. United exercise contract options on six players". dcunited.com. November 28, 2017. Retrieved November 30, 2017.


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