Brad Stuver

Bradley "Brad" Stuver (born April 16, 1991) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a goalkeeper for New York City FC in Major League Soccer. He spent 3 years as the goalkeeper coach at Ohio Wesleyan during his time in Columbus.

Brad Stuver
Personal information
Full name Bradley Stuver
Date of birth (1991-04-16) April 16, 1991
Place of birth Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
New York City FC
Number 41
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Cleveland State Vikings 71 (0)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010 Cleveland Internationals 9 (0)
2011 Akron Summit Assault 8 (0)
2014–2017 Columbus Crew SC 2 (0)
2014Dayton Dutch Lions (loan) 1 (0)
2014Wilmington Hammerheads (loan) 10 (0)
2018– New York City FC 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 11, 2019

Youth and college

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Stuver attended Twinsburg High School in Twinsburg, Ohio. He played soccer all four years for the Tigers, appearing as a goalkeeper and midfielder. As a senior, he was named to the 2008 Plain Dealer All-State team[1] and was named First Team All-Ohio by the OSSCA.[2] He finished his prep career having kept 24 shutouts, and tallied 12 goals and three assists out of the midfield.[3]

Stuver played college soccer for the Vikings of Cleveland State University.[3] His freshman season overlapped with the senior season of Josh Williams, who Stuver would later be teammates with at Columbus Crew SC. He started the season as the backup keeper behind Nick Harpel, but became the number one goalkeeper by the end of the season. He made his collegiate debut on September 5, 2009 against Santa Clara, making four saves in a 3–2 defeat at the UC Irvine College Classic.[4] Stuver would finish the season with four clean sheets in 14 appearances, starting 10 matches. His .817 save percentage led the team, and the 10 saves he tallied in a 0–0 double overtime draw at Milwaukee were tied for the most in the league in a single game.[5] Stuver took over the starting job full-time as a sophomore, starting 19 of 20 games in 2010. He kept three shutouts, including holding No. 6 Butler to a 0–0 draw on November 5.[6] He was named as the Horizon League Goalkeeper of the Year and named to the All-HL First Team[7] Stuver also earned three Horizon League Player of the Week nods, most of any player in the conference.[8]

Stuver continued as the unquestioned starting goalkeeper his junior season, starting 18 games and keeping five clean sheets in 2011. He made 11 saves in a 2–1 victory over UIC, a performance good enough to earn him recognition as Horizon League Player of the Week.[9] After finishing the season with 66 saves, Stuver was named to the All-Horizon League Second Team.[10] As a senior in 2012, Stuver started all 20 games and was the only Vikings goalkeeper to play on the season. He kept nine shutouts in 20 games, while making 81 saves. He made six of those saves on October 3 versus Belmont, a performance that earned him recognition as the HL Defensive Player of the Week.[11] For a second consecutive season, Stuver was named to the All-HL Second Team.[12] He capped his career with a Horizon League Tournament title and a first career appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Vikings were defeated in the First round, falling 2–1 to Michigan State to end Stuver's collegiate career.[13] He finished his collegiate career with 71 appearances over four seasons.

Cleveland Internationals

After his sophomore season at Cleveland State, Stuver joined Cleveland Internationals in the USL PDL for the 2010 PDL season. The Internationals struggled to a last-place finish in the Great Lakes Division, finishing 2–2–12 with a -26 goal differential. At the end of the season, the Internationals folded after seven years of operation, but continued to exist as a youth club. Although Stuver split time with Anthony Ponikvar, he finished the season with nine appearances for Cleveland in the club's final season.[3]

Akron Summit Assault

For a second consecutive offseason, Stuver appeared for a USL PDL club, signing on to expansion club Akron Summit Assault for the 2011 PDL season. Stuver started exactly half of the club's games, alternating time with Carl Contrasciere and Richard Ott. The Summit Assault finished the season at 5–3–8, 11 points outside the playoff positions in the Great Lakes Division. At the end of the season, the club folded for "undisclosed reasons". Stuver finished the season having made eight appearances for Akron in the franchise's lone season.[14]

Club career

After his senior season of college, Stuver was invited to the 2013 MLS Combine. He was the only Horizon League player selected to the combine, and was one of seven collegiate goalkeepers to earn a spot.[15] On January 17, 2013 Stuver was drafted in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft by Montreal Impact.[16] He was the first goalkeeper chosen in the draft. However, he wasn't signed by the Impact, as the club instead chose to keep Maxime Crépeau, an academy graduate, as their third-string keeper.[17]

Stuver was signed by MLS as a pool goalkeeper for the 2013 season, allowing him to be called up by any team in the league "in the event of an emergency."[18] Although Stuver spent the majority of the season training with Columbus Crew, he made his first appearance on a MLS gameday roster with Chivas USA. Stuver sat behind Patrick McLain on May 12 as Chivas was defeated 3–0 by Portland Timbers.[19] On September 14, he was on the bench for New England Revolution, serving as the backup to Bobby Shuttleworth as the Revolution were defeated 3–2 by Chicago Fire.[20] A week later, Stuver served as the backup to Matt Lampson for Columbus for a 3–0 victory over Chicago.[21] He also trained with Real Salt Lake,[22] and appeared on the bench for their reserve side in the MLS Reserve League.[23]

Columbus Crew SC

Stuver was selected by Columbus Crew in the 2013 MLS Waiver Draft.[22] He was chosen with the fourth overall pick, and was one of just two players drafted, along with Paolo DelPiccolo.[24] Stuver had previously made three appearances with Columbus' reserve team in the MLS Reserve League in 2013, appearing against the reserve sides of Houston Dynamo, FC Dallas and Chicago Fire over two months.

Stuver spent the entirety of the 2014 season on loan in USL Pro, with Dayton Dutch Lions and Wilmington Hammerheads FC. He did spend two months in Columbus while recovering from an arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle, but did not dress for the Crew during that span.[25]

Stuver was promoted to the backup role for Columbus Crew SC to begin the 2015 season, jumping Matt Lampson on the depth chart. He made his debut for Crew SC in a friendly against Valencia CF on May 27, conceding a goal to Álvaro Negredo in the 33rd minute of a 1–0 defeat for Columbus.[26] Stuver also started both U.S. Open Cup matches, a 3–1 victory against Richmond Kickers in the Fourth Round[27] and a 2–0 defeat against MLS expansion side Orlando City SC in the Fifth Round.[28]

In 2016, Stuver again made his season debut in an international friendly. He started on May 11 against Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz,[29] making five saves as part of a 1–0 victory for Columbus. Stuver again started both cup matches, keeping a clean sheet against Tampa Bay Rowdies as part of a 4–0 victory in the Fourth Round,[30] and conceding twice to David Accam in a 2–1 defeat against Chicago Fire in the Fifth Round.[31] After starting keeper Steve Clark went down injured at the end of the season, Stuver made his MLS debut against the New York Red Bulls on October 16. He saved an early penalty kick from Sacha Kljestan, but gave up a brace to Bradley Wright-Phillips in a 3–2 defeat.[32] Stuver also started the season finale away to New York City FC on October 23, but made just two saves in a 4–1 defeat for Crew SC.[33]

Although Columbus declined the contract options for Matt Pacifici and previous starting goalkeeper Steve Clark,[34] Stuver was passed for the starting job by Zack Steffen to begin the 2017 season. He missed time early in the season with a right elbow strain, although Steffen played every minute of the seven games Stuver was unavailable.[35] He made his season debut on June 14, in the Fourth Round of the U.S. Open Cup against FC Cincinnati. Stuver made two saves, but conceded a 64th-minute goal to Djiby Fall as Crew SC were defeated 1–0 in the first-ever Hell is Real Derby.[36] Stuver again went the full 90 minutes in a friendly for Columbus, keeping a clean sheet in a 1–0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt on July 17.[37] Stuver did not make an appearance the rest of the season, sitting behind Steffen throughout Columbus' run to the Eastern Conference Finals. He finished the season having made just the one official appearance, although he was on the bench for 31 of the club's 40 matches in all competitions.

On December 1, 2017, Crew SC declined Stuver's contract option, ending his four-year tenure with the club.[38] During his time in Columbus, Stuver made seven appearances for Crew SC in official competition. He appeared just twice in league play.

Loan to Dayton Dutch Lions

On March 12, 2014 Stuver was sent on loan to Columbus' USL Pro affiliate club, Dayton Dutch Lions,[39] one of five players sent to Dayton by the Crew. He made his league debut for the Dutch Lions on May 25 against Sacramento Republic FC, conceding goals to Dakota Collins and Octavio Guzmán in a 2–1 defeat.[40] Stuver also appeared in two U.S. Open Cup matches for Dayton, a 2–0 victory in the Second Round over Schwaben AC[41] and a 5–2 defeat in the Third Round against NASL expansion side Indy Eleven.[42] He was recalled by Columbus in June to undergo an arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle.[43]

Loan to Wilmington Hammerheads

After undergoing ankle surgery in June, Columbus announced on August 4, 2014 that Stuver would again be sent on loan, this time to Wilmington Hammerheads FC of USL Pro.[44] He made his debut for Wilmington on August 9 against his former club, Dayton Dutch Lions, conceding goals to Joe Broekhuizen and Karamba Janneh in a 2–1 defeat.[45] Stuver picked up his first win with the Hammerheads in his fourth start, coming August 23 away to Orange County Blues. He conceded to Jiovanni Santana but saw Ashani Fairclough score in the 90th minute to deliver a 2–1 victory for Wilmington.[46] Stuver started 10 regular-season games with the Hammerheads, keeping three shutouts. He helped Wilmington make it to the first round of the USL Pro playoffs as the seventh seed, where they were defeated by eventual league champions Sacramento Republic FC, 4–1.[47]

New York City FC

On December 14, 2017, Stuver was traded by Columbus to New York City FC in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.[48]

Coaching career

While still playing professionally, Stuver started coaching the goalkeepers for the Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops men's soccer program in 2015.[49]

Career statistics

As of August 12, 2018[50][51]
Club Season League Playoffs[lower-alpha 1] Cup Continental Total
Cleveland Internationals 2010 PDL 9090
Akron Summit Assault 2011 PDL 8080
Columbus Crew SC 2014 MLS 00000000
2015 00002020
2016 202040
2017 00001010
Total 2000500070
Dayton Dutch Lions (loan) 2014 USL Pro 102030
Wilmington Hammerheads (loan) 2014 USL Pro 1001000110
New York City FC 2018 MLS 20001030
Career total 320108000410
  1. Appearance in USL Pro Playoffs


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