March 9, 2016
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Colorado Rapids announced last Friday their signing of Ohio State’s Chris Froschauer. Drafted by Colorado Jan. 18, Froschauer saw the second-most minutes in goal this preseason behind starter Zac MacMath.
As the 43rd overall pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, Froschauer became the 15th of 16 Buckeyes drafted under head coach John Bluem since 2003. The Union, Ky., native will join Chicago Fire goalkeeper Matt Lampson and Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza as the third former Buckeye currently in Major League Soccer. Lampson signed with Chicago Feb. 26 and started in its opening match vs. New York City FC March 6.
“We are very happy for Chris,” said Bluem. “We are excited as he begins what we expect to be a lengthy and successful career.”
A first team All-Region and All-Big Ten selection, Froschauer helped guide the Buckeyes to their fourth Big Ten title in school history.
“Last year was a great year for us and I can’t thank the Ohio State coaching staff and everyone else enough that made our run possible,” Froschauer said. “Honestly, it doesn’t get much better than playing for Ohio State; the amount of staff support, fan support and academic support is amazing. I will cherish it for the rest of my life.”
The four-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, Froschauer led the conference with a .798 save percentage and 10 shutouts. His 10 shutouts were tied for third on the OSU single-season shutouts list, while his 0.88 goals-against average ranked ninth all-time in OSU single-season history.
“I would like to thank everyone at Ohio State for preparing me for this opportunity and again allowing me the opportunity to play for such a prestigious school,” said Froschauer. “I can’t wait to follow along with the success of the team in the coming years. The program is in good hands and will continue to rise.”
Froschauer and Colorado began their season March 6 against San Jose. The Rapids play once in Columbus this season, with that match scheduled for May 14.
After transferring from Dayton for his senior year, Froschauer played all but three minutes and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player. He was named 2015 Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year and earned a spot on the TopDrawerSoccer National Team of the Week October 27. An economics major, Froschauer was a three-year starter at Dayton before joining Ohio State and was named a freshman All-American in 2012 by collegesoccernews.com.