Former Missouri State goalkeeper Alex Riggs has signed a contract to play for Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew, the club announced today. He joins Matt Pickens of the defending champion Colorado Rapids as the second former Bears’ keeper in the MLS.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to contribute and play for the Crew,” said Riggs. “I am grateful to the Missouri State coaching staff as they have gotten me ready for this level of competition.”

Riggs was named the Missouri Valley Conference Goalkeeper of the Year in 2010 and the 2009 MVC Defensive Player of the Year. He earned an All-MVC first team selection his senior season, the third of his career. In 2010, he led the MVC in goals against average (0.73), save percentage (.854) and shutouts (9), with six of his shutouts coming against conference foes.

Riggs is the 20th Missouri State men’s soccer player to go on to a professional soccer career.