John Berner, Colorado Rapids

John-Berner-MLS-CombineCurrent Club: Colorado Rapids
College: SIUE Cougars
High School: St Mary’s Dragons
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Height: 6′ 3″
Weight: 205 lbs.
Birth Date: 02-14-1991
Birthplace: St. Louis, MO

NEWS
2014 March 17 – Berner Earns First MLS Start, nabs Rookie of the Week Honors
2014 February 12 – Berner Signed by Colorado
The Colorado Rapids announced today that the club has signed goalkeeper John Berner, who was selected by the team with the 35th overall selection (second round) of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. Per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

2014 Jan 16 – John Berner Drafted by the Colorado Rapids

WHAT COACHES SAY: “John has a professional frame for a goalkeeer … Big wingspan, pretty explosive athletically … Multi-sport athlete until he got to college. Good hand-eye. Strong. Physically a professional frame. Good kicking game. Distribution good, both with throws and with his feet … He’s exceptional in terms of balls in the air. Good organizer and sees the game well … He’s more of your prototypical big organizer goalkeeper. Anything in his range is his. Big presence … He has a good chance to make a roster if he has opportunity to work his way in … Has to work on close reaction saves because he’s big guy and takes time to get down. But he has it in him to make the close reaction save to turn around a game … He can be more consistent … What impressed me about him was his presence and leadership. Kept calm with young guys in front of him.”

INTERNATIONAL

PROFESSIONAL
2014 March 17 – Named MLS Rookie of the Week by SBI
http://www.soccerbyives.net/2014/03/rookie-john-berner-1.html

Earning your first professional start brings with it enough nerves, but earning that first start as a goalkeeper taking on Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls made things that much tougher for Colorado Rapids rookie John Berner.

Scored on by Thierry Henry, but TH was left wide open at the back post. Earned a point on the road! Game highlights below.

2014 March 15 – Berner earns first MLS start as Rapids open season at NYRB with a tie. Berner post-game interview included.

2014 Jan 16 – ColoradoRapids.com 2014 MLS SuperDraft: Colorado Rapids select goalkeeper John Berner with 35th selection
2014 Jan 16 – MLSsoccer.com John chosen #35 spot by Colorado, second of four GK’s drafted
2014 Jan 13 – MLSsoccer.com John tagged as Top 3 GK Prospect in MLS Superdraft

COLLEGE
Four years at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville … 2013: Started all 19 matches and captured conference Goalkeeper of the Year award (6 shutouts / 0.86 GAA) … 2012: Started 14 matches and won conference Goalkeeper of the Year award after allowing only 12 goals (4 shutouts / 0.86 GAA) … 2011: Did not feature … 2010: Was an injury substitute in the Missouri Valley Conference championship game and made two saves during ensuring PK shootout.

YOUTH
St. Mary’s High School, where he served as team captain in his senior year and was recognized as an All-State first team player … Earned varsity letters in baseball and ice hockey.

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