Eskandarian, Alecko

Graduation Year: 2000
Category: Athlete

Alecko Eskandarian, a member of the Bergen Catholic Class of 2000, established himself as not only the finest soccer player in Bergen Catholic history, but also as one of the best ever in the history of US high school soccer. He finished his outstanding career with 154 goals, the most in Bergen County history and the second-highest total in New Jersey high school history. Alecko was named the “2000 Gatorade National Player of the Year.” In addition, he earned All-American, “NJ Player of the Year,” and All-State honors after leading New Jersey in scoring with 66 goals and 15 assists during his senior year. Behind his superior play, BC won League, County, Sectional and State titles that season. Alecko went on to the University of Virginia, where he was named the best player in college soccer (winning the Hermann Trophy in 2002) after scoring a school-record 25 goals for the Cavaliers. He played three standout seasons at Virginia (before foregoing his senior year to turn pro), during which he was a three-time All-American, First-Team All-ACC, and ACC “Player of the Year” selection. Alecko was then drafted #1 overall by DC United in the 2003 Major League Soccer Superdraft. He was named MLS Cup MVP in 2004 as he led the DC United to the title and was twice named to the MLS All-Star Team in his eight-year professional career.