Campbell's Golden drafted by D.C. United

Jan. 22, 2014 @ 01:49 PM

Campbell standout center back Travis Golden was selected Tuesday by D.C. United in the fourth round of the Major League Soccer draft.

A native of Austin, Texas, where he played at James Bowie High School and for the Lonestar Aztex USSF Academy team, Golden was the 12th pick in the fourth round, the 69th selection overall.

"We are proud of Travis and thrilled for his opportunity to pursue a professional career in Major League Soccer,” said Campbell head coach Steve Armas. “He was a tremendous asset to our program for the past four years and we are confident he will make Campbell University, his teammates, and his family very proud at D.C. United.”

As a senior in 2013, Golden gained all-conference recognition for the third straight year. He returned to the lineup in September after missing the preseason while recovering from torn ACL suffered last spring. He played the full 90 minutes 11 times in 15 games and made 12 starts during the year, including overtime matches vs. North Carolina and UNC Wilmington. Golden played every minute in the final eight matches of the season and was chosen to the Big South all-conference second team.

In 2012, Golden started every game and played all but 42 minutes in the central defense for the Camels. A first-team All-Big South Conference pick as a junior, Golden helped lead the 2012 squad to seven shutouts, including wins over Loyola, N.C. State and Virginia Tech.

Golden is the fourth Campbell product chosen in the MLS draft in the last eight years. Mitchell Cardenas was chosen by Sporting Kansas City in the 2013 draft.

Over his four-year Camel career, Golden appeared in 63 matches with 45 starts and logged 4,747 minutes in the central defense.