Dec. 13, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State defender Kevin Cope was named a Third-Team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of American (NSCAA). It is the first time the redshirt senior has earned NSCAA All-American honors in his Spartan career and the first MSU All-American since Doug DeMartin was recognized in 2008.
"The NSCAA is made up of coaches, so it's a great honor when other coaches from around the country put Kevin in that higher regard," said head coach Damon Rensing. "He is certainly deserving. Kevin has worked hard all year, and all four and half years, to push towards All-American status and he is certainly well-deserving of it. He's clearly one of the best center backs in the country. You receive an All-American honor when you're able to combine hard work and talent. Kevin has never rested on the talents that he's had; he continues to work hard every day and that's the reason that he's earned this honor. "
A native of Canton, Mich., Cope was recently one of only 50 NCAA Division I seniors to be invited to the 2014 adidas MLS Player Combine on Jan. 10-14. He sits at No. 13 in the most current TopDrawerSoccer.com 2014 MLS Draft Big Board. The MLS Draft will be held on Jan. 16, 2014.
Despite missing five games due to injury, the three-time captain was a Spartan standout on and off the pitch this season. Recording one career goal prior to 2013, Cope scored two goals and recorded two assists for MSU this season. He was also the heart and soul of the stout Spartan defense that helped Michigan State lead the Big Ten in fewest goals allowed with 15 and goals against average (0.64). Cope played in nine of the Spartans' 13 shutouts this season, tying the most in program history.
Cope was also named to the 2013 Senior CLASS Award Second-Team. One of 10 finalists for the award presented by Premier Sports Management, he was only the second member of the MSU men's soccer program to be a candidate for the award established for the sport in 2007, as 2008 captain Doug DeMartin was in the top-30 his senior season. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.