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Heavner signs with Minnesota United FC

Billy Heavner signed a pro contract with Minnesota United FC of the MLS.

Former UMBC men’s soccer goalkeeper Billy Heavner has signed a contract to play for Minnesota United FC of the MLS, becoming the eighth Retriever since 2011 to haver either signed with or been drafted by an MLS team.

“We are happy for Billy,” UMBC head coach Pete Caringi Jr. said in a press release. “He has worked very hard to achieve his dream to playing in the MLS, and we wish him nothing but the best this season.”

Heavner started for the Retrievers starting as a sophomore and helping lead them to the College Cup with 400 shutout minutes of soccer in road victories over Wake Forest, Maryland, Louisville, and Creighton. He allowed just one goal in the entire 2014 NCAA Tournament. That season Heaver allowed just 0.54 goals per game, the lowest average in UMBC history for goalkeepers who played at least 1,000 minutes in a season.

As a junior, Heavner again had a tremendous year with just a 0.86 goals against average while making 73 saves, good for an 81.1-percent stop rate. He had eight shutouts that year, including four straight down the stretch of the season against Drexel, UMass Lowell, Stony Brook and New Hampshire.

As a senior Heavner was working behind a back line with many new faces after key starters graduated. He still allowed just 1.57 goals per game in over 1,600 minutes.

For his career, Heavner allowed less than a goal per game and stopped 76.4-percent of the shots he was faced with. He posted 17 shutouts in 53 games.

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