What Scouts Say: "Prototypical center back who can probably play right away in MLS … Really, really good leader and competitor; that's by far the best quality about him … He's a winner; he makes the guys around him better … He's terrific in the air, including on the attacking end, despite not being that tall … I don't think he passes particularly well: He doesn't look clean like a professional should … Played through cracked ribs in their playoff games."
COLLEGE (Michigan State 2009-13): Impact player throughout his college career at Michigan State … 2013: Third team all-America, first team all-Great Lakes region … Made 18 starts and anchored a defense that recorded 13 shutouts en route to the Big Ten Tournament final and the NCAA quarterfinals … Unanimous first team all-Big Team selection … Scored two goals and added two assists … Played most of the Big Ten Tournament with cracked ribs … 2012: Second team all-Great Lakes and second team all-Big ten … Started all 23 games and named Defensive MVP of Big Ten Tournament … 2011: Redshirted due to injury suffered in early September … 2010: Second team all-Big Ten … Started 20 games and scored first career goal, the game-winner vs. Duquesne … 2009: Named Big Ten Freshman of the Year after starting all 21 games and posting two assists.
AMATEUR: Played four summers in the Premier Development League with the Michigan Bucks (2010, 2012-13) and Chicago Fire Premier (2011) and twice faced MLS clubs in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play … Played in 10 games and scored one goal in 2013 as the Bucks reached the Central Conference playoffs … Named 2012 PDL Defender of the Year while scoring four goals and marshalling a strong back line as Michigan reached the Central Conference championship game … Key figure in Michigan's run to fourth round of U.S. Open Cup, including playing all 120 minutes in 3-2 overtime win vs. Chicago Fire … Played for Chicago Fire Premier in 2011, appearing in 15 games and posting one goal and one assist as the Fire reached the Central Conference playoffs … Also helped team reach third round of U.S. Open Cup, playing all 90 minutes in 3-0 loss at Sporting Kansas City … Made PDL debut with Michigan Bucks in 2010, playing in six games for a team that reached the Central Conference final.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Salem High School and became the third defender ever to win Michigan's Mr. Soccer award in 2008 … NSCAA all-America and two-time all-state honoree.
PREP: Played for Michigan Wolves and captained them to national title in 2007 … Club participated in U.S. Soccer Development Academy in 2007-08.
PERSONAL: Parents are Doug and Cindy Cope … Mother, Cindy, ran track at Central Michigan … Majored in journalism at Michigan State.