FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU men’s soccer head coach Bob Butehorn announced the addition of a familiar face to his coaching staff on Tuesday, as former Major League Soccer (MLS) and University of Penn keeper Danny Cepero was named an assistant coach.
Cepero, who played three seasons in the New York Red Bulls organization, was an All-Ivy League goalkeeper at Penn where Butehorn served as an assistant for five years prior to coming to Southwest Florida.
“We’re excited to have Danny join the staff and I’m really excited to get to work with him again, this time as a colleague,” said Butehorn. “Danny’s playing experience and overall professionalism will definitely be a valuable resource for our keepers as well as our team.”
Cepero will work closely with FGCU’s group of goalkeepers that includes reigning A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year Adam Glick.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the men's soccer coaching staff at FGCU,” said Cepero. “I sincerely believe that under coach Butehorn's leadership and with the depth of talent on this roster, this program has the potential to achieve and maintain an even higher level of success. That being said, I am eager to impart my own knowledge and experience on such a talented group of players. I am thankful to both coach Butehorn and the University for providing me with this great opportunity and I am looking forward to tackling the challenges that await me in this new role.”
Penn’s all-time leader in shutouts with 23, Cepero was a three-year starter for the Quakers from 2004-06, before being selected in the fourth round of the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft. Cepero made 51 starts over his four years in Philadelphia, accumulating an 18-10-3 record over the final two seasons, highlighted back-to-back campaigns with eight shutouts. As a senior in 2006, he posted a 0.76 goals against average (GAA) en route to being a unanimous All-Ivy first team choice and NSCAA All-Northeast Region third team selection.
Cepero’s professional career began on the New York Red Bulls reserves for the 2007 campaign before making his first career MLS start on Oct. 18, 2008 against the Columbus Crew. In that game, Cepero picked up the win in net and became the first goalie in MLS history to score a goal when he drilled home a free kick from 81-yards out. Cepero went on to start all four of New York’s playoff games, posting back-to-back shutout wins at Houston and Real Salt Lake before starting the franchise’s first-ever MLS Cup Final.
Cepero joins an FGCU club that finished 2010 ranked No. 20 according to Soccer America. The Eagles wrapped up the season with a perfect 9-0 record in A-Sun play, outscoring their opposition 26-2 and bringing home their first A-Sun regular season championship. This season, the Blue and Green are set to return 20 players, including six A-Sun All-Conference performers.