Ahead of the 2017 season, ALEC DUFTY was named Sporting KC's new goalkeeper coach.
In 2016, Dufty coached the Swope Park Rangers goalkeeping corps that posted nine shutouts across 34 regular-season and postseason games – including five in their last eight games – with goalkeeper Adrian Zendejas posting the best regular-season goals against average (0.40) of all goalkeepers in the league to play a minimum of 300 minutes.
Dufty spent the 2015 USL season with Toronto FC II, coaching a group that finished third in the USL with 125 saves. Starting goalkeeper Quillan Roberts placed second in the league in save percentage (.766) and third in saves per game (4.80).
The 29-year-old previously cut his teeth in coaching at the collegiate level at Florida Gulf Coast University and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
A former MLS player, Dufty began his playing career with the New York Red Bulls in 2009, going on to make one appearance against the Houston Dynamo before being waived and joining the MLS reserve goalkeeper pool. In 2010, Dufty joined USSF D2 Pro League side AC St. Louis, making 30 appearances before returning to MLS with the Chicago Fire in late 2010. He announced his retirement at the conclusion of the 2011 season.
Dufty, who was born in Binghamton, N.Y. and raised in Raleigh, N.C., spent one year at Appalachian State University before transferring to the University of Evansville. With the Purple Aces, he enjoyed a three-year career and was a twice named an All-Missouri Valley Conference selection. Dufty also played for the Raleigh Elite (now Carolina RailHawks U-23’s) in the USL Premier Development League while he was in college. On the international level, Dufty was called in to a U.S. Under-20 National Team camp in 2007.
In addition to his duties with the Swope Park Rangers, Dufty also works as a goalkeeper coach for Sporting Kansas City’s Under-18 and Under-16 Academy teams.