Coastal’s McLaws selected by NY Bulls in MLS Draft

ccusoc-mclawsCoastal Carolina defender Shawn McLaws, a 2014 College Soccer News All-American, was the 17th pick of the 2015 Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft on Tuesday.

McLaws, a native of Edmond, Okla., was selected by the New York Red Bulls with the 59th overall pick of the MLS amateur draft. McLaws will join fellow supplemental pick Manolo Sanchez (Clemson) along with SuperDraft selections Leo Stolz (UCLA) and Stefano Bonomo (California) for the start of preseason training at the end of the month.

McLaws is the 11th Chanticleer to be drafted by an MLS club since 2004 and fifth in as many seasons. Midfielder/forward Pedro Ribeiro was selected 15th overall by the Philadelphia Union in last season’s SuperDraft, while Ashton Bennett was the 20th overall selection by Toronto FC in 2013’s Supplemental Draft, center back Cyprian Hedrick was the 30th overall selection by Sporting Kansas City in the 2012 SuperDraft and Joe Anderson, a forward, was taken first overall by the Vancouver Whitecaps in the 2010 Supplemental Draft. In addition to the Chants’ recent draft selections, netminder Scott Angevine (2008-11) earned a free agent contract with Sport Kansas City in 2012 season and spent much of the season as a MLS League Pool goalkeeper.

The Red Bulls finished the 2014 season with a 13-10-11 overall record, earning 50 points in the MLS standings. The club advanced to the playoffs where it defeated Sporting Kansas City in the East Knockout round and dispatched D.C. United in the conference semifinal before ultimately falling to the New England Revolution in the Eastern Conference Final.

McLaws played in 21 of Coastal’s 23 matches during the 2014 season, leading the Chanticleers to a 16-6-1 record (the 16 wins ties Creighton, Syracuse, Providence and UC Irvine for the most in the NCAA). McLaws was also tapped as the Big South Defensive Player of the Year, making him the only two-time Defensive Player of the Year in league history. In addition, McLaws was named to the conference’s first team and all-tournament team along with picking up first team All-South Region honors from the NSCAA.

McLaws was the anchor along the backline for a Chanticleer defense that ranked 39th in the country with a 0.85 goals against average. He proved to be Coastal’s most versatile defender – often playing numerous positions in the same match – and led the defense to nine shutouts during the 2014 campaign. Coastal Carolina limited its opposition to a mere 3.30 shots on goal per game, thanks in large part to McLaws’ ability to limit balls crossed into the box from the flanks.

McLaws closed his collegiate career with a 73-18-3 record along with three Big South regular season and two tournament championships. He also helped direct the Chanticleers to the NCAA Tournament in each of his four seasons in Conway. He finished with a 6-4-0 NCAA Tournament record, including a back-to-back of Round of 16 appearances in 2012 and 2013.

A fixture in the Chanticleers’ starting XI since his freshman season, McLaws ranks is tied for second on the CCU all-time list with 89 matches played and is third with 84 career starts. He logged 7,207 minutes along the Coastal backline, missing just three matches due to injury throughout his four-year career.

Photo courtesy of Big South Conference

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