Cody Arnoux Signs with Premier League Team Everton FC
Aug. 4, 2009
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest men's soccer player Cody Arnoux has signed a professional contract with the Everton Football Club, foregoing his final season of eligibility as a Demon Deacon.
"We're ecstatic for Cody to be joining an elite team like Everton that competes in the Premier League," head coach Jay Vidovich said. "It's a tribute to his ability. We're very proud of him and wish him the best of luck as he moves on to this next stage of his career."
Located in Liverpool, England, Everton is one of 20 clubs that competes in the Barclays Premier League, considered the top professional soccer league in the world. Everton has played more seasons in the top flight of English soccer than any other club and is the fifth most successful English club in terms of trophies won. Arnoux will begin his professional career with the Everton reserve team.
"It's a tremendous opportunity for me to be able to begin my professional career overseas," Arnoux said. "Everton is one of the premier teams in Europe, finishing fifth in the Premier League last season. I'm looking forward to getting over there and trying my best to earn a spot with the first team."
A native of Wilmington, N.C., Arnoux was one of the main offensive threats for the Deacs during his three-year career. In 2008, he led the team with 17 goals and 42 points, including scoring 16 goals during the final 16 games of the season. The 2008 Hermann Trophy semifinalist became just the third player in school history to amass at least 40 points in a single season. Arnoux was named a second team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America after the 2008 season.
"Coach Vidovich and his staff do a great job of compiling players that are very good and play for the team," Arnoux continued. "He runs an intense training session and I told him that I didn't see a difference in training sessions between Wake Forest and Everton. The program that coach Vidovich has put together is very organized and helps to prepare players for a career in professional soccer."
Arnoux finishes his Wake Forest career with 33 goals and 18 assists. He leaves the school ranked fifth all time in career goals and points (84). He was twice named an All-American during his career and also was named first team All-ACC two times.