Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Marshall Soccer: Withrow Selected by the Columbus Crew

Marshall University goalkeeper Daniel Withrow was selected by the Columbus Crew in the second round of the MLS Supplemental Draft earlier today. Conference USA’s co-defensive player of the year in men’s soccer, Withrow was the 28th overall selection. As a senior the Michigan native started all 17 games, recording 77 saves while setting a school single season record of 9.5 shutouts.

Withrow becomes the third former Thundering Herd player drafted into MLS. Jeremy Ashe was picked 46th overall by the Chicago Fire in 2006 and Byron Carmichael was selected 60th overall by the Kansas City Wizards (now Sporting Kansas City) in 2003.

Withrow will immediately join the Crew in Columbus for training camp which is already underway. According to the Twitter account of Adam Jardy, who covers the Crew for the Columbus Dispatch, Columbus is planning to keep three goalies this season, one of which appears to be Withrow.

The Crew has a established number one goalkeeper in Andy Gruenebaum. The seven year MLS veteran started a team high 33 games last season, leading MLS with 124 saves. Another holdover in net from 2012, Matt Lampson is also on Columbus’s roster.

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