OUTLOOK: Goalkeeper with youth international experience selected in the first round of the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft. Spent most of 2011 season on loan to FC Tampa Bay of the North American Soccer League.
2011 MLS: Rookie goalkeeper was loaned out to FC Tampa Bay of the NASL from May-October and did not appear for Houston ... Open Cup: Did not appear ... NASL: Made two league appearances for FC Tampa Bay, posting a 1-0-1 record and one shutout ... Made first appearance for Tampa Bay in second half of friendly against EPL club Bolton Wanderers on 7/14, making six stops and earning victory in 1-0 win ... Made league debut and made four saves to record shutout in 4-0 win at Atlanta on 8/6 ... Made eight saves in wild 3-3 tie at Montreal on 8/10.
INTERNATIONAL: Former member of U.S. U-17 residency program in Bradenton, Fla. ... Played with Ofori Sarkodie, older brother of Dynamo defender Kofi Sarkodie.
COLLEGE: Spent five years at Old Dominion University, where he finished as all-time leader in saves and shutouts ... 2010: First team all-Colonial Athletic Association ... Posted six shutouts and a 1.07 GAA ... Made four saves in 1-0 upset of defending national champion Virginia in NCAA tournament first round ... Old Dominion was eliminated in the second round by Penn State ... 2009: Third team all-CAA ... Led CAA with nine shutouts ... 2008: Missed entire season due to injury and redshirted ... 2007: Third team NSCAA all-South Region ... Second team all-CAA ... Posted 11 shutouts to lead CAA and a 0.63 GAA ... Named to CAA all-tournament team ... 2006: Started 17 games as a true freshman, posting 10 shutouts and a 0.97 GAA ... Helped Old Dominion reach Sweet 16 of NCAA tournament with shootout win over Winthrop after a 0-0 tie and a 1-0 upset of No. 14 North Carolina on the road ... Monarchs lost to eventual national champion UCSB 2-1 in regional semifinals.
AMATEUR: Named Premier Development League Goalkeeper of the Year in 2007 after allowing only three goals in 14 games for the Hampton Roads Piranhas ... Three-time NSCAA/adidas Youth All-American.
PERSONAL: Parents are Stephen and Tammy Newton ... Has one brother, Clayton ... Has family, including cousins, who live in the Houston area ... Admires German national team goalkeeper Jens Lehmann ... Interned in the Old Dominion marketing and promotions office while in college.