PHILADELPHIA--Penn senior Daniel Cepero was selected by the New York Red Bulls in the fourth round of the Major League Soccer (MLS)Supplemental Draft, Thursday.
He is the second Quaker coached by Head Coach Rudy Fuller to be drafted to the MLS. Goalkeeper Matthew Haefner was taken by the Columbus Crew in the 2004 Superdraft.
“We are all very happy for Danny,” said Fuller. “He has worked extremely hard for this opportunity and I am confident that he is ready for it. I am proud of his development on and off the field over the last four years in our program and certainly appreciate the impact he has made on Penn Soccer. His leadership, maturity, and playing ability was one of the key reasons for our team’s success the past few seasons. He leaves us as arguably the best goalkeeper ever to play for Penn and I am excited to watch his continued development and success in the years ahead.”
The Red Bulls are coached by Bruce Arena who led the U.S. National Team from 1998-2006. Though in his first year with New York, Arena coached D.C. United of Major League Soccer from 1996-1998. During his tenure, the team won back-to-back MLS Cup Championships in 1996 and 1997 and was the Eastern Conference Champion in 1998.
Cepero will work under the Red Bulls' goalkeeping coach Des McAleenan. Through six years with the Red Bulls, McAleenan has enjoyed remarkable success training four U.S. National Team goalkeepers, including Tim Howard, Jonny Walker, Zach Wells and Tony Meola.
At Penn, Cepero was a unanimous All-Ivy first team selection as well as team captain. He has left his name in several places in the Penn history books. His 23 career shutouts makes him, far and away, the all-time leader in the category. He also tied his own single-season record (third on Penn’s list) with eight shutouts this season.
This season, he helped the Quakers to a 9-4-2 record and the best Ivy League finish (5-1-1) since the 2002 season. He stonewalled opponents for 366:19 consecutive minutes from Sept. 8-20 and again for 299:33 fromOct. 18-Nov. 4 to end the season. Cepero’s 0.76 goals-against average topped the Ivy League as did eight shutouts.