Senior Scott Goodwin will graduate this year, and thus must go to the MLS to extend his career. As an entrant in the MLS draft process, Goodwin will have the opportunity to be taken in one of two rounds of the MLS Superdraft or in the later four rounds of the supplemental draft. Goodwin departs the Heels as the all-time school leader in career clean sheets as well as the team captain and an academic All American.
Goodwin was a standout goalkeeper for the Heels, but this does not necessarily guarantee that he will either be drafted highly or be a success in the league. While he was the key component of the top defense in the land and the hero of 2 penalty shootouts on the year, his core competency is consistency. In other words, he’s not spectacular. He can keep a clean sheet in his own no nonsense style, but this is not the style to attract a scout’s eye.
In the current draft climate, he seems unlikely to be taken very highly in the draft. In terms of position, he is coming out of an MLS combine which saw 6 other goalkeepers invited to showcase their skills and sits behind Indiana’s Luis Soffner and Duke’s James Belshaw in the eyes of many critics. This is the case largely because unlike his two rivals, Goodwin was beneficiary of a top of the line defense ahead of him. This may seem counterintuitive, but it means that the other goalkeeping prospects had more of an effect on their teams’ seasons. Both of these players were also beneficiary of greater hype during the season, with Belshaw even being the national player of the week on account of keeping a clean sheet and scoring a penalty. He was hardly more impressive than Goodwin to my eyes, though I may have an appreciable bias.
At this point Goodwin’s most valuable asset to scouts will likely be his winning pedigree. As a player, Goodwin has seen some big games, and if an MLS team is going to chance a big pick on him, it’ll be because they know they can count on him to come up big at the right time. Any scout or MLS coach who watched him consistently would notice what weren’t there, namely any costly errors on his part. He’s a big time performer, and a player who can step into a professional squad without a hitch if the need arises.
Right now Goodwin looks undervalued, but it could be very easy for an MLS club with a need for goalkeeping depth or a desire to pick up a new number one. He should be taken in the Superdraft, and if not a spot in the supplemental is a cert.