PLAYER PROFILE: ANDREW TARBELL
By: PXI STAFF (@ProspectXI)
No International team experience.
Drafted 8th overall by San Jose Earthquakes in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.
2010: New Orleans Jesters (PDL) – 4 games, 290 minutes
2011: New Orleans Jesters (PDL) – 8 games, 720 minutes
2012: Clemson (NCAA – D1) – 1 games, 0.00 Goals Against Average .000 Save Percentage
2013: Clemson (NCAA – D1) – 15 games, 14 starts, 1.01 Goals Against Average, 4 Shutouts, .692 Save Percentage
2014: Clemson (NCAA – D1) – 17 games, 15 starts, 0.85 Goals Against Average, 5 Shutouts, .741 Save Percentage
2015: Clemson (NCAA – D1) – 24 games, 24 starts, 0.88 Goals Against Average, 9 Shutouts, .792 Save Percentage
Andrew Tarbell was the first to sign a GA Contract for the 2016 MLS SuperDraft but the junior goalkeeper was in his fourth season at Clemson after redshirting his first season. He also had decent amount of experience prior to college, including playing in PDL well still in High School.
Andrew played at Fontainebleau High School and Mandeville Soccer Club in his home state of Louisiana. He was voted to the Louisiana State ODP team and participated in tours across the United States as well as England and Brazil. He also played with the New Orleans Jesters PDL team making his debut in 2010, playing four games as a 17-year-old and also played a further eight PDL games in 2011.
Tarbell started attending school at Clemson in January 2012 and was expected to be backup keeper, but after one substitute appearance chose to redshirt the season. Tarbell played his freshman season in 2013 and was soon the starting keeper playing in 15 games. In total Tarbell played in 56 games during his career with the Tigers, starting 53 games and ended with a 0.91 goals against average, 18 shutouts and a .755 Save Percentage. His college career was highlighted by a strong performance against Syracuse in the National Championship Semi-Finals, but he would lose the Championship game to Stanford 4-0.
Andrew has good size at 6’3/194 and handles his box very well. He has strong reflexes and is confident diving for the ball at either post. He is also a good distributer of the ball, which saw him attain two direct assists in his college career. Where he can improve is his game awareness, as he can sometimes play too deep in his net or go down early and a smart forward might be able to take advantage of him on 1v1 situations. There is a lot of keeper in the American professional soccer system, so Andrew might have difficulty establishing himself as a “Number 1” but has the skill set to do it. Tarbell was drafted 8th overall by San Jose Earthquakes in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, looking to challenge current starting keeper David Bingham for playing time throughout the season.
+ Represented the State of Louisiana in Youth Soccer
+ Played two season of PDL with New Orleans
+ Played three full seasons with Clemson in NCAA Division 1
+ Made the 2015 NCAA D1 National Championship game
+ Drafted 8th overall by San Jose Earthquakes in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft