March 17, 2011
CHICAGO - Hard work on and off the field the past two years has finally paid off for Eric Gehrig, as the former Loyola men's soccer standout recently signed a professional MLS contract with the Columbus Crew, according to a team official.
Gehrig, a former three-time All-Horizon League First Team recipient, started at center back and competed in 90 minutes of preseason action against the New England Revolution on March 10. The Crew won the contest, 3-1.
After competing in two exhibition contests with the Crew, Gehrig performed well enough to become the first Loyola men's soccer player to ever sign a MLS contract.
A four-year starter for the Ramblers, Gehrig helped Loyola to its first two NCAA Tournament appearances in 2006 and 2008, two Horizon League Tournament titles and the 2007 Horizon League regular season title. In addition to all-league honors, he also named to the NSCAA/adidas All-Great Lakes Region Second Team in 2008.
Gehrig and the Crew open the 2011 regular season on March 19, when the take on D.C. United at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m. CST.