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Columbus Crew Selected Patrick Schulte

by Brian Kunderman

Patrick Schulte, the Billikens’ starting goalkeeper the last three seasons, was selected by the Columbus Crew with the 12th overall pick in the first round of Tuesday’s 2022 Major League Soccer SuperDraft. 

“Patrick has an amazing physical profile and the overall skills to be a top goalkeeper in this country for a long time,” Kalish said. “What I am most proud of is how much he has matured and grown as a leader over his three seasons. His ability to build strong relationships with his teammates and demonstrate his leadership qualities on a consistent basis will help him have a long, successful professional career.”  

The 2020 A-10 Defensive Player of the Year and the Most Outstanding Player of the 2021 A-10 Championship, Schulte is one of the top collegiate goalkeepers in the country. He led the Billikens to a magical 2021 season by posting a 0.81 goals against average, nine shutouts and a 16-4-1 overall record. Saint Louis turned in an undefeated regular season, A-10 regular-season and tournament titles, and an NCAA quarterfinal appearance. 

In his three-year Billiken career, Schulte posted a record of 35-12-4, had nine shutouts, and posted a 0.84 goals against average. 

A native of St. Charles, Missouri, Schulte signed an Academy contract with Saint Louis FC’s (USL) first team in 2019. He was the starting keeper for Saint Louis FC’s U19 team that advanced to the USSDA playoffs in 2019. Schulte was also a three-year starter on Francis Howell’s basketball team that qualified for the state tournament. 

Schulte participated in several U.S. National Team camps in his career. Most recently, he was with the USMNT U20s in January 2020 (IMG Academy) and September 2019 (Slovenia). 

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