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Jan 8, 2013 4:38 PM

Former UK Goalkeeper Excelling in MLS

Former Kentucky All-Conference USA and All-Mid-American Conference goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum completed his seventh season with the Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew while ranking first in the league in saves at 124.

A native of Overland Park, Kan., Gruenebaum thrived for the Crew in 2012 posting not only the most saves in the league, but doing so by 15 more saves then Chivas USA goalie Dan Kennedy (109). The former first-round pick, also posted the fifth best goals against average (1.26) and recorded the fifth most shutouts (eight) in the MLS. Gruenebaum also logged the third most minutes of any netminder (2920) and second most shots faced (166). For his career, Gruenebaum ranks No. 42 in MLS history in career saves at 199.

A 2005 first-team All-Conference USA selection at UK, Gruenebaum spent every minute in goal as a senior for the Wildcats, posting a 0.91 goals-against average with 21 shutouts in his 66 career contests. In the 2006 MLS Supplemental Draft, Gruenebaum was picked with the third overall pick. In his MLS career, Gruenebaum has appeared in 59 games with 58 starts, posting a 21-20-16 career mark and a 1.27 career goals-against average, with 14 shutouts.

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