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Eric Bird

185 lbs.
Virginia Beach, Va.
Frank W. Cox
High School
Eric Bird - Men's Soccer - Virginia Cavaliers

· Named 2014 NSCAA Second-Team All-American
· Earned First-Team All-ACC honors
· Selected 41st Overall in MLS SuperDraft by Philadelphia Union
· Named to Preseason Hermann Trophy Watch List
· Named to ACC All-Academic Men’s Soccer Team for second time
· Team captain for second straight year
· Recorded team-leading five goals (tied for 11th in ACC); four came in ACC play (tied for fourth in ACC-only games)
· Missed three NCAA tournament games because of injury, which was suffered in first minute of UNC Wilmington match (11/23); returned in second half of NCAA championship game vs. UCLA (12/14)
· Recorded game-tying goal at North Carolina (11/1)
· Scored in 81st minute of 2-1 loss at Clemson (10/17)
· Recorded game’s lone goal in win at George Mason (10/7)
· Scored game-tying goal in 68th minute against Notre Dame (9/21)
· Assisted on Ryan Zinkhan’s golden goal in OT against Old Dominion (8/29)

Earned Third-Team All-America honors from NSCAA and Soccer America
Named to NSCAA First-Team All-South Atlantic Region Team
Second-Team All-ACC honoree
Named to ACC All-Tournament Team
Captain; played in all 24 games, starting the last 23
Led team with seven goals and tied for team lead with five assists
Finished seventh in ACC in goals and points (19) and ninth in assists
Recorded goal, two assists in NCAA tournament (played every minute of tournament)
Assisted on Darius Madison’s eventual game-winning goal in NCAA tournament win over Marquette (12/1)
Scored goal and also assisted on Ryan Zinkhan’s goal in NCAA second-round win over St. John’s (11/24)
Scored game-tying goal in final minute against Virginia Tech (10/18)
Scored two goals in win over Providence (9/24)
Also scored against Wake Forest, VCU and Pitt
Recorded game-winning goals against Providence and VCU

Started all 21 matches at midfield
Named to ACC All-Academic Soccer Team and ACC Academic Honor Roll
Ranked second on team with 36 shots
Recorded game-tying goal in second half of ACC quarters at Wake Forest (11/6); took team-high seven shots in match
Scored game-winning goal in win over Wright State (10/16)
Recorded assist vs. Mount St. Mary’s (9/11)

Played in nine games, starting eight
Suffered knee injury in UNC game (9/23) and missed remainder of season
Had big game vs. Wisconsin (9/4), scoring first career goal and adding a game-winning assist on a Brian Ownby score

Two-time First-Team All-State, All-Region and All-District honoree
Named 2011 Tidewater Player of the Year
Earned 2011 Virginia High School State Player of the Year honors
Frank W. Cox won 2009 and 2010 VHSL State Championships and regional championships from 2008-2010
Played for Region I Olympic Development Program (ODP) pool and team from 2007-2011
Virginia ’93 state team was the Region I ODP Champion in 2008
Played for Beach FC – Fire, which was Virginia State Cup Champions in 2005, 2006 and 2010

Parents are Tony and Melanie Bird