TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2009
Ramak Niakan Safi invited to three-day tryout with MLS’s New England Revolution
JU men’s soccer midfielder Ramak Niakan Safi had a standout senior season for the Dolphins in 2008 and it didn’t go unnoticed as he received a three-day tryout from the Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution.

Niakan Safi, who led the Dolphins in all scoring categories, becomes the first player since Tommy Krizanovic to get an invite to tryout at the MLS level. In 2007, Krizanovic was invited to the the MLS combine in 2007, which led to a fourth round selection by the DC United in the SuperDraft that year.

“I’m excited for Remy to get this opportunity,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “He was a little disappointed that he didn’t get into the combine, but I assured him he would get his chance and I would help him out. Fortunate for him, New England was willing to give him a chance and we will see what happens.

“Overall, this is good exposure for our program and another chance for one of our guys to showcase what they have at the highest level of play.”

In his final season at JU, Niakan Safi led the Dolphins in goals (10), game-winning goals (6) and points (22). He had six of his 10 goals in the final six games, which earned him first team all-conference honors.

Niakan Safi added two goals in the Atlantic Sun Championship, including the game-winning score in the 89th minute, to help the Dolphins rally from a two-goal deficit for a 4-3 win over Campbell and secure a NCAA Tournament berth. For his efforts, he earned Tournament MVP and College Soccer News “National Team of the Week” honors.

The Jacksonville, Fla. native, also scored the first goal in the Dolphins’ 4-3 overtime win at Louisville in the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 21.

Niakan Safi added another honor at the end of the season when he, along with junior Stefan Runeman, earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas (NSCAA) All-South third team honors.

For his career, Niakan Safi finished with 15 goals, eight assists, 16 points and nine game-winning goals in 49 matches in three seasons.