Updated June 7, 2021
EDWARD KIZZA AT A GLANCE:
- Selected by New England in the first round (24th overall) of the 2021 MLS SuperDraft.
- Scored 31 goals in 53 appearances over three seasons at the University of Pittsburgh from 2017-19, leading the team in goals with 15 as a sophomore and 12 as a junior.
- Named to the All-ACC First-Team, All-ACC Tournament Team, Scholar All-East Region Team, and All-South Region Second Team in 2019.
- Uganda native arrived in the United States at age 14, attending Carlisle High School in Virginia before transferring to Montverde Academy in Florida after his sophomore season.
MLS CAREER (2021): Selected in the first round (24th overall) of the 2021 MLS SuperDraft by the New England Revolution on January 21, 2021…Signed with New England at the beginning of preseason on March 5, 2021…Recorded one assist during preseason action in Los Angeles…Has made five substitute appearances in first professional campaign, totaling 63 minutes played…(4/17) at CHI: Made professional debut as a substitute…Registered one shot, which hit the crossbar…(5/8) at NSH: Collected second professional appearance and played 14 minutes…(5/12) at PHI: Played 11 minutes in second consecutive appearance off the bench…(5/22) vs. NY: Made Gillette Stadium debut…(5/29) at CIN: Made a fourth straight appearance as a substitute in the 1-0 away win.
COLLEGE (PITTSBURGH): Scored 31 goals in 53 appearances over three seasons at the University of Pittsburgh from 2017-19...Led Pittsburgh in scoring during his junior season in 2019 with 12 goals, including three multiple goal games in 2019 season against Indiana, Howard, and NC State…Was one of four Panthers to appear in all 20 of Pittsburgh’s contests in 2019, which culminated in appearances in both the ACC Tournament and NCAA College Cup Championship, logging 1,627 minutes…Named to the All-ACC First-Team in addition to earning All-ACC Tournament Team, Scholar All-East Region Team, and All-South Region Second Team nods in 2019 after finishing fourth in the ACC in goals (12) and shots on goal (31), and fifth in points (28) and shots (60), all of which were team-bests…His five game-winning goals in 2019 ranked third in the ACC…Scored a goal against Lehigh in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, helping Pitt secure a 2-0 victory…Part of first Pitt men’s soccer team to win an ACC Tournament match in program history during the 2018 season… Received All-ACC First Team and All-South Region Second Team accolades and was named to the All-ACC Academic Team as a sophomore in 2018…Started 18 games during the 2018 season, finishing the season tied for third in single-season program history for goals (15) while ranking fifth all-time in single-season points (30)…Closed out the 2018 season ranked fifth in the nation in goals (15), ninth in shot accuracy (.622) and 13th in points (30), while leading the ACC in each category…Tallied two hat tricks against Delaware and Cleveland State in 2018…Appeared in 15 games, starting 14 as a freshman in 2017, scoring four goals and three assists to earn All-ACC Freshman Team and All-ACC Academic team honors… Recorded his first multi-goal game with two goals in a win against West Virginia on Sept. 26, 2017…Tallied two assists in a win against Penn State on Oct. 10, 2017.
PERSONAL: Surname pronounced KIZZ-zuh…Born in Kampala, Uganda…Arrived in the United States at age 14, attending Carlisle High School in Virginia before transferring to Montverde Academy in Florida after his sophomore season…Graduated from Montverde Academy in Florida…Led Montverde Academy to 20-0-1 record and a SIMA FAB 50 Winter National Title as a senior in 2016-17, scoring 25 goals…Has an older brother, Henry Kalungi, who played for Winthrop University and the Uganda National Team, and was drafted by the Colorado Rapids in 2009…Speaks three languages…Was a Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences major at Pitt.