Jan. 25, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT men's soccer players Dan Griffith and Morgan Mills were selected to participate in an invitation-only tryout for the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer (MLS), to be held today at the Gillette Stadium Fieldhouse in Foxborough, Mass. The tryout will feature free-agent professionals and graduating college players from the area.
As a senior tri-captain, Griffith provided veteran leadership in the backfield, helping the Engineers to a 14-3-1 ledger and a share of the 2004 ECAC New England Men's Soccer Championship Title. He was a three-time NEWMAC All-Conference selection and was named to the NSCAA/adidas All-New England Fourth Team. In addition, Griffith received ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District honors as well as NSCAA/adidas East Region Academic All-America Honorable Mention accolades.
Senior netminder Morgan Mills finished histenure at MIT as the recordholder in career goals against average (1.17) and career shutouts (14). In addition, he tied the Institute mark of shutouts in a season this past fall, blanking six opponents. Mills was named to NEWMAC All-Conference Second Team, marking the first All-Conference honor of his career.
Head coach Walter Alessisays, "This is quite an honor for our program and our players. I think it speaks volumes that a player who is so academically talented can also be such a high-quality athlete."
Regarding the fact that MIT received a total of four invitations, more than any other school in the region, Alessi feels that, "having one player invited would be such an honor, but to have four is absolutely amazing."
The Revolution, one of the 10 original organizations of the MLS, began play in 1996. This past season, theylost to D.C. United, 4-3, on penalty kicksin the Eastern Conference Final, falling one game short of the MLS Cup Final.