Eric Robertson Signs Contract with GBK Kokkola of the Finnish Second Division

PROVIDENCE, RI – Brown men's soccer senior Eric Robertson (San Antonio, TX) has signed a professional contract with GBK Kokkola, of the Finnish Second Division. He is the second player affiliated with Brown to sign a Finnish contract after former standout Jon Okafor '11 signed with MyPA, of the Finnish First Division, earlier this year.

"I am thrilled that Eric has signed his first professional contract with GBK in Finland," said head coach Pat Laughlin. "After training with the Chicago Fire in MLS pre-season, Eric decided to take a chance overseas. He will get the opportunity with GBK to continue his development as a player and see an entire new part of the world. 

A key defender for the Bears, Robertson was a First Team All-Ivy honoree in 2012 after earning Second Team honors in 2011. He also earned Third Team NSCAA All-Northeast Region honors and was a 2012 NEISL All-Star. Robertson started all 19 games and earned All-Tournament Team honors at both the Brown Soccer Classic and the Ocean State Classic. A team captain, he contributed six points on the year with three goals, including one game-winner.

In his four-year career, Robertson played in 62 games, 59 starts, and earned 10 points (4g, 2a), while helping to lead the Bears to four consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the Third Round in both 2010 and 2011.

"I am very excited about signing my first contract to play football in Finland," said Robertson. "My Brown soccer career was a great learning experience and an unforgettable journey. I was able to make big improvements both technically and mentally and develop into the player I am now. The coaching staff was able to work with me both on team tactics and individual technique, which played a huge role in my development as a player.

"Brown was a great place to cultivate the winning mentality that drives me to keep improving and moving forward. With my teammates, I learned a great deal about treating my team like my family and putting the team first. I am extremely grateful for my time spent with Brown Men's Soccer and I will forever be a member of the BMS family."