Sounders goalkeeper Michael Gspurning spoke today for the first time since his benching Sunday in Portland. That followed 5-1 and 4-1 losses to Colorado and Vancouver.
His status for Saturday at Dallas hasn’t been announced.
Here’s what he had to say:
“I feel all right. Of course I’m not happy with the situation. But as long as I think about it I don’t want to make a comment about the position: It’s up to the coach. I just can say I am proud of what I have done the two years until now, and the personnel success I had and with the team. This didn’t chance at all. Of course I have established myself I think as one of the best goalkeepers in the league, and you expect from a keeper of this quality that he’s making a couple of saves sometimes where you don’t expect it. And of course I expect this too, and so these two games I didn’t make the saves. I don’t have to talk about the last goal: I take the responsibility. But it is now over, I can’t change it, and I’m looking forward. As I said before, it doesn’t mean now anything about my quality. I think we didn’t take the result as a team and just my opinion the only thing I can do now is looking forward, give the best in practice and looking forward.”
On if he remains confident: Absolutely. As I said, games like this happen. Did I win these games? No, of course, I didn’t. For me the most important thing is if a keeper wins games or not. I won a lot of games for the Sounders over the last two years. I didn’t win these two games, but did I lose the games myself? I don’t think so, either. So I know that from quality of one of the best keepers in the league, you expect to make 1-to-1 saves, and unstoppable saves, and I was unlucky too with the first against Vancouver. But it was a negative run and I can handle it, and it doesn’t mean a thing about my quality.
On coaches’ characterization of this as a break that might provide benefit: I had a conversation with Sigi. He expressed to me his thoughts, and I have to accept them. In the end, maybe you come out stronger from this. It’s a situation where you have to prove character and if you’re able to put yourself behind and do the best for the team. I try to be his. But to be honest, I don’t see anything good about it at the moment that I’m not playing.
On taking consolation that coaches say break rather than demotion: He explained it like this, that I was unlucky in the situation that was not my fault, but unlucky and he wanted to give me the break. Yeah, as long as it is a break it’s OK.
On if he knows status for this weekend: No. I wasn’t thinking about this to be honest.
On if it w was personally difficult: It’s tough. Of course it’s difficult. I was used to play seven years in a row now – eight years – and to honest sitting on the bench was very uncomfortable for me because waiting for the game you don’t know what it brings: Maybe you have to be ready in the first minute, in the last minute. It was tougher for me to be cool and calm even that if I were playing. It sounds weird, but it is because it was so different for me.