Former Husky Waltman Named XSL MVP

April 13, 2009

SEATTLE - Former Washington men's soccer player and Gig Harbor native Danny Waltman has been named the 2008-09 Xtreme Soccer League Most Valuable Player after leading his Detroit Ignition squad to the XSL championship.

Waltman was also named the XSL Goalkeeper of the Year and led the All-XSL team. The honors were voted upon by coaches, team public relations representatives and media members in all four league cities. Waltman is the first goalkeeper to win the MVP award since two-time MVP and nine-time Goalkeeper of the Year Victor Nogueira in 1998.

Waltman was the only keeper in the XSL to play all 20 games and he led the league in wins (12), minutes (11:98:01), saves (319) and shots faced (414). He was second in save percentage (.770) and third in points allowed (11.02).

The XSL is an indoor soccer league that began play in December, 2008 and includes four teams from the former Major Indoor Soccer League - the Chicago Storm, Detroit Ignition, Milwaukee Wave and New Jersey Ironmen.

Waltman was a standout goalkeeper with the Huskies from 2001-03, helping UW to its school-record trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2003. His 84 saves that season rank third on UW's all-time single-season list, while his seven shutouts are also tied for sixth.

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