Leo Krupnik signs with MetroStars
Aug. 14, 2002
Berkeley, Calif. - Former Cal soccer standout Leo Krupnik (San Francisco, Calif.) signed with the New York MetroStars (9-10-2) this afternoon as a discovery player, announced by Cal head coach Kevin Grimes.
Krupnik graduated from Cal in 2002, after a successful career as a Bear. Joining Cal teammate Chris Roner (San Jose Earthquakes) in Major League Soccer, Krupnik did not waste time in reaching the big league.
Since graduation, Krupnik has played for the Minnesota Thunder, an A-League team, and the Des Moines Menace, a Premier Development League. While on the Menace, Krupnik aided them to qualify for the Open Cup, for the first time in team history. The MetroStars drafted the defender in 2002, but he missed most of the practices due to illness, where he returned to the Menace to finish off the season.
Starting defender for three years at Cal while appearing in 54 games, Krupnik was a first team All-Pac-10 member in 2000 and an All-Pac-10 honorable mention in 2001.
The Bears kick off the 2002 season on August 30th at the Loyola Marymount Tournament in Los Angeles, facing Cal State Northridge at 12:30 pm.