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Sounders decline option on goalkeeper Gspurning

Post by Darrin Beene / The News Tribune on Dec. 9, 2013 at 2:50 pm with 2 Comments »
December 9, 2013 3:00 pm

Looks like the Sounders may be in the market for a new goalkeeper.

The Sounders announced Monday they have declined the contract option on Michael Gspurning.

Gspurning, 32, was the team’s primary keeper the last two seasons.

In 2012, he was first in the MLS with 0.73 goals against average, the third-best GAA in league history. He became first goalkeeper from outside the CONCACAF region to lead MLS in GAA, and finished third in MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and MLS Newcomer of the Year.

In 2013, his GAA ballooned to 1.27 and was replaced in the lineup after giving up nine goals in two games in October.

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  1. elmocatt says:

    That is a shock. Gspurning had a rough patch right at the end of the season, but he was not getting a lot of help from his defense in front of him. I then thought maybe it was a salary cap issue. But Gspurning made approx. $280K last year, not a huge amount for a highly rated GK in MLS. Looks like he may be made the fall guy for the teams’ struggles.

    AS to the other GKs on the team, Hahnemann has injury concerns at his age, and does not have that many years left. Team does think highly of Ford, but he hardly played this season, so he cannot be counted as a starter for next season. And cutting one quality foreign import is not going to help attract another quality foreign import to replace him. So, front office what is the plan now?

  2. elmocatt says:

    Well, Sounders apparently don’t think that much of Ford, since they made him available in the re-entry draft.

    But bigger names are on the re-entry draft list too, including the last two, both big fan favorites – Rosales and Zakuani

    Marc Burch Option Declined
    Josh Ford Option Declined
    Blair Gaven Option Declined
    Mauro Rosales Option Declined
    Steve Zakuani Out of Contract

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