HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall goalkeeper Daniel Withrow has been selected in the second round (28th selection today/66th overall) of the Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft by the Columbus Crew.
He becomes the third Marshall player to be drafted into the league. Jeremy Ashe was selected 46th overall by the Chicago Fire in 2006, while Byron Carmichael was taken 60th overall by the Kansas City Wizards in 2003.
The four-round supplemental draft was held today, five days after the two-round SuperDraft. The supplemental draft allows only players who have finished their college eligibility and been nominated by an MLS club, as well as youth internationals made available by MLS.
“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.”
A three-time first-team All-Conference USA selection, the senior from Rochester Hills, Mich., started all 17 games in goal for the Thundering Herd (11-5-1) this season, recording 77 saves and setting Marshall single-season (9.5) and career (21.5) shutout records. He earned NCAA All-Midwest Region honors after being named the program’s first Co-Conference USA Player of the Year.
The Crew, winners of the 2008 MLS Cup, finished just outside the MLS playoffs in 2012. It competes in the league’s Eastern Conference of the MLS, which has just completed its 17th season.