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AKRON, Ohio – David Meves, the NCAA's all-time leader in shutouts and minutes played, was selected by the Portland Timbers with the third overall pick of Tuesday's Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft.
With the selection, Meves, who won 77 games and posted 54 shutouts in four seasons at Akron, will be reunited with Caleb Porter, who officially became the Timbers' head coach last month. Meves is the second Zip to be taken in the MLS Supplemental Draft all-time and first since Cameron Knowles, who incidentally is currently an assistant coach on Porter's staff, was tabbed with the No. 37 overall pick in 2005.
Meves, a native of Arlington Heights, Ill., is the 20th Akron player to be drafted by or signed a profesional contract with an MLS team in the past five years alone.
A starter from the day he stepped foot on campus, Meves was a three-time Academic All-American and four-year, all-conference standout at Akron. His career goals-against-average (GAA) of 0.50 is the lowest mark in school history and tied for fifth-best on the NCAA's all-time list.
He enjoyed perhaps his best season in an Akron uniform in 2012 when – as an NSCAA Second Team All-American – he allowed just eight goals in 22 matches, spanning 2,040 minutes for a GAA of 0.35. Meves posted 16 clean sheets last fall, including eight straight from Sept. 14 to Oct. 16, and allowed one or fewer goals in all but one contest.
The netminder helped lead the Zips to the first team national championship in any sport in 2010 and was at the forefront when Akron matched an NCAA record by posting 11 consecutive shutouts in 2009-10.
In all, 67 players were drafted during the four-round Supplemental Draft. All eligible players who were not selected in the SuperDraft last week and additional players nominated by MLS teams were eligible for selection.