Jan. 22, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--UAB defender Reed Matte was drafted by the Columbus Crew in the first round of the 2013 Major League Soccer Supplemental draft, which was held on Tuesday in New York.
Matte was selected ninth overall, and was the first of four former Conference USA student-athletes to be picked in the supplemental draft. Joining Matte is Marshall's Daniel Withrow (28th), Kentucky's Cam Wilder, and SMU's T.J. Nelson (64).
Matte is the 11th Blazer to be drafted by the MLS, and the fifth in the last three years.
The Birmingham, Ala., native was one of the driving forces of the Blazers' back line, and scored two goals in his senior campaign, which ended with UAB's sixth appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the last 14 years. The Blazers finished the season with a 10-8-2 record, and a 4-4 mark in conference action.
He played in all 20 matches in 2012, and also racked up three assists for a total of seven points. Individually, Matte earned NSCAA All-Midwest third-team recognition, and was selected to the All-C-USA Second Team and the C-USA All-Academic Team.