The Seattle Sounders announced today the re-signing of goalkeeper Chris Eylander.
The release from the team:
SOUNDERS MAKE IT OFFICIAL, RE-SIGN GOALKEEPER CHRIS EYLANDER
(Seattle, WA) – The Seattle Sounders have re-signed Chris Eylander, the starting goalkeeper from the 2007 USL First Division championship team. Eylander will be in his third year with the club.
"Chris had a phenomenal 2007 season which culminated with his dominance in the post-season," said Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer. "We are thrilled to have him back this year and will look for him to continue to grow as a goalkeeper."
Eylander, 23, a local product from Auburn Riverside High School and the University of Washington, may have had his best year as a professional last year. He led the USL-1 with 109 saves and 14 wins. Eylander’s 13 shutouts was one away from the league lead; his 0.823 goals against average ranked third.
Standing 6-foot-1, Eylander was drafted by the Sounders in 2006 after a decorated career with the Huskies. Eylander’s 18 shutouts rank third in school history; he is also fourth in saves (187) and fifth in goals against average (1.11).
In high school, Eylander won the Gatorade State Player of the Year award in 2002 as a senior with the Ravens.
For more about Eylander or ticket information, visit www.seattlesounders.com or call (206) 622-3415.
The Sounders begin preseason against the Vancouver Whitecaps at 7 p.m., March 22, at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. The regular season opener in April 19 in Charleston.