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Drafted by Toronto FC 31st overall from St. John's University


As a Redshirt Junior (Fall 2021)
United Soccer Coaches Third Team All-American... College Soccer News Second Team All-American... BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year... First Team All-BIG EAST... United Soccer Coaches All-Region First Team... led the nation in shutouts (12) and save percentage (.844) while finishing third in goals against average (0.57)... finished in a tie for third on the program's single-season shutout list... turned in the seventh-best single-season GAA in program history... played every minute in goal for a team that went 11-6-3 with a 5-3-2 record in BIG EAST action... led the Red Storm to a third-place finish in the BIG EAST Regular Season standings and the 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance in program history... registered a clean sheet in the  opening round of the NCAA Tournament against Princeton at Belson Stadium... registered a career-high six saves on three separate occasions, including in the second round of the NCAA Tournament against top-seeded Oregon State.

As a Redshirt Sophomore (Spring 2021)
Appeared in all 10 matches for the Red Storm and made five starts… compiled a 2-3-0 record to go along with a 0.72 goals against average and a .846 save percentage… played a part in four combined shutouts… stopped three shots in the Red Storm’s season-opening blanking of Saint Joseph’s (Feb. 15)… made four stops in a scoreless second half at Seton Hall (Feb. 27)… played the final 45 minutes of a 2-0 victory over UConn (March 3)… made his first collegiate start in a 2-0 win at No. 13 Providence (March 10)… logged a scoreless first half against Seton Hall (March 17)… made three saves, including a PK attempt, to pick up the win at UConn (March 20)… played the full 90 minutes for the first time as a Johnnie and made a season-high five saves against Georgetown (April 10).

As a Redshirt Freshman (2019)
Made 18 appearances, splitting time with BIG EAST Co-Goalkeeper of the Year Jan Hoffelner… turned in a 6-2-1 record with a 1.04 goals against average and a .773 save percentage… played a part in eight combined shutouts… did not allow a goal in 10 of his 18 appearances… won his first five decisions of the year… made a season-high four saves on three occasions against Iona (Sept. 10), Temple (Oct. 😎 and Providence (Nov. 13)… logged a scoreless second half in the Red Storm’s NCAA Tournament Round of 16 matchup against Virginia (Nov. 30).
As a Freshman (2018)
A redshirt year... did not see game action. 

Before St. John’s
Graduate of St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic Second School… led his team to the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Indoor Soccer Championship… played for GPS Academy alongside current Red Storm teammate Tani Oluwaseyi …  helped GPS to a Vase Cup Championship at the 2017 Super Cup in Northern Irleand… 2017 Ontario Academy Soccer League Goalie of the Year… Provincial Indoor Soccer League MVP (2017) and two-time finals MVP (2016-17)… a three-time PISL Champions… also played with Hamilton Croatia Youth Development and participated in Dinamo Zagreb’s youth development. 

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From Northern Tribune's Article:

At an imposing six-foot-six, Hamilton-raised Luka Gavran got his start with GPS Academy alongside fellow draft pick Tani Oluwaseyi. His youth career saw him learn the craft in both the Hamilton Croatia and Dinamo Zagreb youth development programs, with Gavran eventually helping GPS to a Vase Cup championship in Northern Ireland during a season that also saw him named the Ontario Academy Soccer League Goalie of the Year.

After riding the bench in 2018, Gavran broke into the St. John’s University first team to make 18 appearances in 2019, recording eight combined shutouts with co-goalkeeper Yan Hoffelner and preventing anything from getting past him in 10 of 18 appearances. This year saw him appear in all ten matches for the Red Storm, finishing with 0.72 goals against with Gavran making a big penalty stop against Seton Hall along the way.

The 2022 MLS SuperDraft is chock full of talented goalkeepers, so if Gavran goes undrafted he’d be a solid option for Canadian Premier League sides looking for tested, young competition.

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1 hour ago, narduch said:

Basically signed via the hardship rule

It will be interesting to see how they handle after this season is done as they offered him options for 2024 & 2025 so have to think they value him.  I randomly met someone last year who worked at the club and said that TFC allegedly rate him quite high.  He also was an All Star last season for NextPro I believe.  

With Vancouver and Montreal utilizing Canadian keepers over recent years, I'd like to see one at TFC as well since we seem to have many playing at or near this level.

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1 hour ago, PastPros said:

They just get worse and worse.

At about the 8min mark, the defense just let the NY player waltz into a dangerous position. A couple players had their hands up while it was unfolding, saying "wtf"?

This will be a thrashing.

Now 3-0. It doesn't even matter how well Gavran plays at this point. That is very, very sad for a guy on his debut. Toronto ought to be ashamed of these performances. 

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