Pitt men’s soccer senior midfielder Filip Mirkovic received his destination for his professional career, as Orlando City SC drafted him with in the Second Round of the 2024 MLS SuperDraft Tuesday night.
Mirkovic helped build Pitt men’s soccer into one of the best in the country, with three straight Elite Eight Appearances and two College Cups.
His 28 career assists are the most for a player in Pitt men’s soccer history, his .34 assists per game is third best and his .61 points per game ranks seventh best. He started 71 of his 75 matches at Pitt over these past four seasons, serving as a main stay in the team over their three straight Elite Eight appearances and two College Cups.
Mirkovic led the Panthers with nine assists in 2023, tied at No. 2 in the ACC and No. 10 in the NCAA. The nine assists rank fifth most in a single season in Panthers history and his four assists against Fairleigh Dickinson tied both a program and ACC record for most assists in a single game.
He also accrued numerous awards over his four seasons with Pitt from 2020-23. This includes All-ACC Freshman Team, All-ACC First Team in 2022 and 2023, as well as United Soccer All-South Region First Team the past two seasons as well.
Pitt men’s soccer has had some history with the MLS SuperDraft, with more and more players receiving selections as the program has improved under head coach Jay Vidovich
The first draft pick saw midfielder/defender Pol Calvet Planellas to the LA Galaxy at the No. 24 pick in the Round Two in 2018. Los Angeles FC drafted midfielder Javi Perez in Round Three at the No. 64 pick in 2019 and New England Revolution selected forward Edward Kizza in Round One at the No. 24 pick in 2021.
Pitt men’s soccer most successful season in the MLS SuperDraft came last year. Real Salt Lake took forward Bertin Jacquesson at No. 16 overall and Austin FC drafted both midfielders in Valentin Noel at No. 20 and Jackson Walti at No. 56 overall.