Sounders FC Sign GK Michael Gspurning to Replace Kasey Keller

Gspurning Is Here To Pump…You Up!

OK, so there is no way to really replace Kasey Keller in goal, but the Seattle Sounders signed his replacement in Austrian national Michael Gspurning.


Gspurning is 30 years old and a tall keeper at 6’5″ and has played for the Austrian national team as well as in the top Greek league for the last 5 seasons where he has been named an all star 2 times.

Seattle head coach Sigi Schmid said it best stating, “You don’t replace Kasey Keller, you look for another goalkeeper.”

The Sounders had been scouting Gspurning since last summer and he will be the starter in goal for Seattle this season. “I was pretty impressed with the quality of the football,” Gspurning said, stopping to correct himself. “Sorry, soccer.”

Since Gspurning is 6’5″ he is taller than Keller and he gives the Sounders a new dimension of backfield passing.

This will allow the Seattle defense to have a few more passing options with the GK in play, which is key in keeping possession of the ball.

Michael Gspurning

Sounders Sign GK Michael Gspurning to Replace Kasey Keller

This passing option to the GK has never been in the arsenal of the Sounders, but now it will be and while it is a solid option it is dangerous when the passes are not successful since the ball is in or right around the box.

Head coach Schmid explained how the new play of Gspurnin is different than that of Keller’s saying, “He’s a little bit more of a presence on crossed balls. He’s also younger.

Kasey when he was younger also came for more cross balls then he did with Seattle. His size is going to help him in that regard. He’s the kind of goalkeeper, again because the generation of goalkeepers is different. He’s a guy who maybe encourages that backpass a little more and wants the ball played back to him and is willing to play out of the back.

That might be something that’s a little different from Kasey as well. We hope that his organization is going to be as good, there’s a lot to measure up to there because Kasey is a very good organizer of the back four.

Obviously he’ll need to make saves in key moments in games. That’s something that we’re looking for as well.

That’s something that we saw in all the games that we watched and we expect him to capable.

We think he’s a good goalkeeper. We’re happy with the choice we made.”

Keller was one of the main reasons that Seattle played such good defense last season and not only will the club have a new GK in Gspurning, but they also have to find a way to replace starting defenders James Riley and Tyson Wahl, who were both taken by Montreal in the expansion draft.

With the signing of Gspurning the Sounders now have three goalies on the roster for 2012. Josh Ford and Bryan Meredith round out the backstops.

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