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Columbus Crew drafts Withrow

Jan. 23, 2013 @ 12:38 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Former Marshall University men's soccer goalkeeper Daniel Withrow was selected in the second round (28th overall) in the MLS Supplemental Draft by the Columbus Crew on Tuesday afternoon.

Withrow was the Conference USA Player of the Year in 2012, recording 9.5 shutouts on the year as Marshall finished 11-5-1 on the season. The senior from Rochester Hills, Mich., allowed just nine goals in 17 matches this season and allowed multiple goals in just two matches.

"We're extremely excited for Daniel," Marshall coach Bob Gray said.

"He has a great future in the professional ranks. We're so happy that he was selected by the Crew, a franchise with which we've had a great relationship. It is also the closest MLS franchise to Marshall, and to Daniel's home in Michigan."

He was an NCAA All-Midwest Region first team goalkeeper and one of 54 players invited to the MLS Player Combine.

Withrow was a three-time all-conference first team selection and made the second team as a freshman. During that 2009 season, he also was named as the Conference USA Freshman of the Year.

He finished his Marshall career with 21.5 shutouts total (four in 2011, five in 2010, three in 2009) while boasting of a goals against average of 1.1 or better in three or his four seasons.

In 2012, his goals against average finished at 0.52 -- the third-best average in the nation behind UNC's Scott Goodwin and Akron's David Meves.

Withrow is the third Marshall player to be taken in the MLS Supplemental Draft, joining Jeremy Ashe (Chicago Fire, 46th overall, 2006) and Byron Carmichael (Kansas City Wizards, 60th overall, 2003).

Columbus, a member of the MLS' Eastern Conference and MLS Cup champions in 2008, did not make the MLS playoffs in 2012.



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