DURHAM, N.H.—The University of New Hampshire’s two-time America East Goalkeeper of the Year Brian Levey (Pittsburgh, PA) was selected in the first round (6th overall) of the USL-1 draft by the Atlanta Silverbacks on Wednesday. The USL-1 is the second division in professional US Soccer, one step below Major League Soccer.
“I’m excited about it and I’m grateful for the opportunity to play at the next level. UNH has become an established [soccer] program. They can push players to the next level. It’s been a great gift to play for UNH, but I couldn’t have done it without my teammates from the past four years.” Levey said.
He has also been invited to the NY Red Bull (MLS) preseason camp at the end of January as a free agent.
Levey was brought to the attention of Atlanta Silverbacks head coach Jason Smith this past fall. After following his stellar performance this season the Silverbacks thought he would be a good match for the team. “The league demands physical, solid play and we believe he can meet the challenge” said Smith.
Past soccer honors for Levey include selection onto the Nike Fall Soccer Classic All-Tournament Team three times, the 2006 NSCAA Men’s Division I All-Northeast Region Second Team, and the First-Team All-New England by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 2005.
In 2004 he tied the school single-season record with six shutouts. A year later Levey broke the record by posting 10 shutouts, and in 2006 notched 10 shutouts once again. He also set a school record in career shutouts with 27 in 2006 and finished that same season ranked second in the conference in goals against average (0.57) and save percentage (.872), and ranked ninth overall in Division I goals against average.