Clemente Chosen to Join Munthali in All-Star Game

UABSPORTS.COM David Clemente was Conference USA's Defensive Player of the Year.
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David Clemente was Conference USA's Defensive Player of the Year.
UABSPORTS.COM

Jan. 21, 2001

UAB goalkeeper David Clemente will join teammate Rumbani Munthali in the Umbro Select All-Star game, held Feb. 4 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The event features the top collegiate soccer players in the country. It is held in conjuction with the Major League Soccer draft, conducted, Feb. 5 in Forth Lauderale.

Clemente was Conference USA's Defensive Player of the Year, for the 2000 season. He set school records for goals against in both a season and for a career. He recorded an 0.96 goals against average in 2000. The old record was 1.06, set by Loukas Papasconstantinou in 1994. For his career Clemente's goals against average was 1.17 bettering Popaconstantinou's mark of 1.29.

This year Clemente was twice named as C-USA's Player of the Week. The first time after helping UAB defeat NCAA Elite Eight participant North Carolina 2-1 and win the UAB/Nike Classic. He also earned the honor after a 2-0 shutout of C-USA opponent South Florida.

Clemente, from Brampton, Ontario, was part of 23 shutouts for his career, recording 17 solo shutouts and six shared shutouts. He started 69 of the 73 matches he played in four years at UAB, including every match the last three years. He was named All-C-USA first team this past season and second-team as a junior. He is second on the school's all-time saves list with 303 for his career.

Munthali was earlier chosen to participate in the game. He was named to three different All-America teams in addition to joining Clemente on the first team All-Conference USA squad.

In addition three other members of the team were named All-Conference USA. Roberto Najarro and Houston Smith were both named third team All-C-USA. Marin Pusek was named to the all-freshman team. Freshman defender Kareem Morgan was invited to participate in tryouts for the Canadian Under-20 National Team.

Lane Knight was chosen by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America to its Scholar's All-America third-team and Mikey Spitzer and Jose Rayo, were selected to try out for the United State's under-20 national team.