Valpo goalkeeper, Kyle Zobeck, stars in first league game for FC Dallas

As a redshirt junior, Kyle Zobeck played every second for the Crusaders as a goalkeeper. In 2011, he was named the Horizon League Goalkeeper of the year and a First Team All-League honoree. During his time at Valparaiso, Zobeck set a new single-season record with 11 total shutouts and a 0.66 GAA, goals-against average.


Zobeck was a standout player during his four years [2008-12] at Valpo. He was drafted 64th overall in the 2013 Major League Soccer Draft by FC Dallas, yet his first MLS game came in the eighth season following the draft. The Iowa native stands out as the oldest debutant among players at age 30. In addition to this impressive stat, he also became just the third Iowa-born player to play an MLS game. 


He was drafted in 2013 and eventually was released by the end of the year without making an appearance. He then signed with the New York Cosmos and served as a backup goalkeeper. In 2018, he re-signed with FC Dallas and made his debut in 2020. 


He came off the bench to substitute the injured Jimmy Maurer against Sporting Kansas City and made two crucial saves in the last five minutes. The final score on his debut resulted in a 1-1 draw against Sporting KC. 


Just a week later, with his first two career MLS starts under his belt, Zobeck also notched another win, earning him his first MLS Team of the Week honors. 


Zobeck also received the 2018-19 Valpo Men’s Soccer Alumni Award. His career GAA of 0.92 ranks second in program history, while he holds the program’s career record for shutouts with 23. 


Zobeck’s standout performance as a goalkeeper makes him one of the most influential players in Valpo history. A goalkeeper might not be the busiest of players on the soccer field, but the position requires sharp awareness, quick movement, and clear communication with the other players. He was a two-time conference Goalkeeper of the Year in the Horizon League and the program’s second-ever MLS draft pick. An epic milestone for the Valpo alumni. 


The Iowa native also has a degree in mechanical engineering. In 2011, he was named a Tau Beta Pi Laureate, the highest distinction for a senior engineering student in the United States. He had also earned Presidential academic honors as well as being named on the Dean’s List.  


The current MLS protocol due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic prevents any spectators and fans from entering the home stadium. In addition to the MLS protocol regarding the pandemic, players, coaches, and staff will be tested regularly, including the day before each matchday. 


Zobeck continues to travel and train with the FC Dallas squad. Even though the pandemic has slowed the scheduling and play of the MLS, conference games are continuing for western and eastern teams. the regular season will lead to an expanded 18-team post-season, culminating with the MLS Cup on Dec. 12. FC Dallas faces off against Minnesota United FC on Oct. 11.


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