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Ron Stuver: We're Extremely Proud and Excited for Brad

Twinsburg graduate Brad Stuver was the 32nd pick in the MLS SuperDraft by the Montreal Impact. His dad, Ron Stuver, is a Twinsburg Board of Education member.

Ron Stuver has spent the past week traveling around the country, following his son Brad, preparing for the Major League Soccer draft.

On Thursday Brad was selected No. 32 in the SuperDraft to play goalkeeper for the Montreal Impact.

Ron and his wife Leanne followed their son Brad, 22, to Lauderhill, FL for the MLS Combine from Jan. 11-15. They flew back from Florida and headed straight for Indianapolis for the MLS SuperDraft on Thursday.

"My wife Leanne and I are extremely proud of him and excited," Ron said Friday morning.

Ron, a member of the Twinsburg Board of Education, knew early on that his son Brad would do big things in soccer.

"We knew years ago that he had an opportunity to play professionally," he said.

Before the combine and the draft, the family wasn't sure if Brad would be drafted right away, but things looked up once they were in Florida.

"He turned heads at the combine from day one," Ron said.

The night before the SuperDraft, Ron said Brad got a call from his agent that the New England Revolution were interested and wanted to pick him in the second round.

Later his agent said the Revolution didn't think he would make it to the second round.

Luckily for Brad, he didn't.

With the family on hand, Brad was selected No. 32 by Montreal, a team that started scouting him as a sophomore at Cleveland State.

"It was an amazing, amazing thing," Ron said.

At Cleveland State, Brad made 81 saves and posted an 0.86 goals against average, recording nine shutouts, tied for the second most in a season in CSU history, according to the program's website.

Kathie Prince Piechowiak January 18, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Way to go Brad! Congratulations to all of you!!!

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