Coastal Carolina men's soccer alum Mkhokheli Dube (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe/Pumula (Lindsey Wilson)) has made the roster of the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer and is seeing playing time in the early part of the season. Dube came on as a reserve in the 81st minute of the Revs' 3-0 win over defending MLS champion Houston on Mar. 29 and most recently off the bench in the 76th minute of the Revs' 1-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids, Apr. 12. He has played in three of the first four games of the year for New England, seeing action in 41 minutes of play, as the Revs are 2-2 on the year heading into this Saturday's match at the New York Red Bulls.
Taken with the eighth overall pick in the MLS Supplemental Draft by New England, Jan. 24, Dube ranked 14th in the NCAA in both points (2.21) and goals per game (0.65) and was named the Big South Conference Player of the Year. Dube led the Big South during the regular season in points scored (27), while finishing second in goals (11) and third in assists (five). He was named the Big South Player of the Week a league-record four times this season and was also named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week, Oct. 7. He tallied five game-winning goals on the year. Dube was also First Team All-Conference selection for the second year in a row.
Dube led Coastal to a perfect 6-0 record in the Big South this season, helping CCU became just the fifth team in the history of the Big South to finish with a perfect conference record. The Bulawayo, Zimbabwe native totaled 16 goals and 10 assists in two season with the Chanticleers after transferring from NAIA powerhouse Lindsey Wilson. Dube led the Blue Raiders to the 2005 NAIA championship, while earning a spot on the NAIA All-Tournament Team.
The Big South's Player of the Year in 2006, Saidi Issac from Winthrop joins Dube on New England as a third round selection (41st overall). The Revolution fell in the MLS Cup, 2-1, as CCU alum Joseph Ngwenya (2000-03) netted a goal in the 61st minute to help propel the Houston Dynamo to the title.