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Bartlow, Kleemann Drafted In MLS SuperDraft

Jan 20, 2021

SEATTLE – Washington's defensive duo of Ethan Bartlow and Freddy Kleemann were selected in the MLS SuperDraft Thursday. Bartlow was taken sixth overall by the Houston Dynamo, while Kleemann was drafted 11th overall by Austin FC. This is the first time in Washington history that two Huskies have been drafted in the first round in the same year.

Bartlow is the highest-draft Husky in program history, while Kleemann is the fourth-highest drafted Husky. Previously, Washington's highest draft pick was Wes Hart, who was picked seventh in 2000.

Bartlow and Kleemann are the first pair of Huskies to be drafted in the MLS SuperDraft in the same season since 2017, when Justin Schmidt and Auden Schilder were both picked. This is the fifth time in Jamie Clark's 11 seasons as Washington's head coach that multiple players have been drafted.

Bartlow and Kleemann are the 21st and 22nd Husky to be picked in the MLS SuperDraft since Jamie Clark took over as head coach in 2011. Washington has had at least one player drafted every year of Clark's Husky tenure and in 16 of the last 17 years.

"What a great day for Husky defenders," said Clark about Kleemann and Bartlow's accomplishments. "Ethan and Freddy had a great defensive partnership here at Washington and to see them get drafted in the same draft is so fitting. They both have the ability to play for a long time, so its going to be fun to see them take the next step."

Bartlow is the seventh and Kleemann the eighth first-round draft picks in Husky history.  Washington's last first-round pick before Bartlow and Kleemann was Justin Fiddes in 2018.

Bartlow is the first Husky defender to ever win Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. In 2019, he was a Second Team All-American, the fourth Husky defender to ever earn All-American status. In two years with Washington, Bartlow started 38 games, including 20 in 2019. He would play ever minute in 15 of Washington's 21 games in 2019, including the final nine games of the season. Bartlow had five goals and 11 points in 2019 while playing central defense. He would score a brace against Marshall in the NCAA Tournament.

After getting his feet wet in 2018, Kleemann burst onto the scene as a sophomore, starting 18 games and appearing in 19 for Washington. He would score a goal and add an assist as part of Washington's backline. Kleemann would play every minute of 17 of Washington's 21 games in 2019. With Kleemann and Bartlow on the defense, Washington allowed just 14 goals all season, recording a 0.66 GAA in 2019.

Kleemann's first collegiate goal came on a headed free kick against UCLA in 2019. He also earned an assist on Washington's only goal against CSUN that season.A Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll award winner, Kleemann  was a part of 15 Husky shutouts in his two seasons playing for the Dawgs.

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