This just in from the club:
Seattle Sounders FC re-signed midfielder Miguel Montaño and signed goalkeeper Josh Ford, the club announced today. Montaño returns for his second season in Rave Green. Ford was Seattle's first pick and 11th overall in the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Montaño, 19, was first acquired by Sounders FC on loan from Argentina's Quilmes on April 30, 2010. He is the youngest player to appear in an MLS match for Seattle, making his debut against the L.A. Galaxy on May 8. He went on to appear in six league games, starting one, and collected two assists in U.S. Open Cup play. He contributed three assists during the 2011 preseason. Montaño appeared in 12 competitive matches altogether and also made his first appearance for the Colombia Under-20 National Team in 2010.
"We are pleased that Miguel is staying with us," said head coach Sigi Schmid. "He is a player who continues to show flashes of absolute brilliance and we are hoping that this season becomes a very consistent year for him."
Ford 23, was a four-year starter at the University of Connecticut. He was named the 2010 Big East Goalkeeper of the Year and also earned first team College Soccer News All-American and All-Big East first team honors as a senior. Ford holds the Huskies' school record for career shutouts (50), consecutive starts (85) and wins (54).
"We felt good about both goalkeepers," said Schmid. "Josh worked very hard. He's got a strong mentality and he is a great shot stopper. He is very brave with what he does as a goalkeeper so we are very pleased to be able to sign him."
Sounders FC begins its third MLS season on Tuesday, March 15 by hosting the L.A. Galaxy on the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. PT.
Transaction: Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) - Re-Signed MF Miguel MontañoPosition: MidfielderJersey Number: 32Height: 5-11Weight: 160Birthdate: 6/25/1991Place of Birth: Palmira, ColombiaHometown (Citizenship): Palmira, Colombia (Colombia)Pronunciation: mon-TAN-yo
Transaction: Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) - Signed GK Josh FordPosition: GoalkeeperJersey Number: 29Height: 6-0Weight: 175Birthdate: 11/6/1987Place of Birth: Livonia, MichiganHometown (Citizenship): Liverpool, New York (USA)College: University of Connecticut
“It’s great," coach Sigi Schmid said. "It’s good for [Miguel] to be with us from the beginning on. I think it’s important. He’s still a young player so he still has ups and downs but his upside is so good. The glimpses he shows is something that we are very, very excited about. I think his fitness base is better than it was last year. When the opportunities come to play in games he’s just got to take full advantage of those. We are happy about that. And Josh Ford, obviously it was a tough battle, tough decision, but he’s come through every day. He has worked hard. His character has been good. He’s improved all the time and we’re really happy to have him on the team.”
My take: Third keepers are often like third quarterbacks: an interesting little note when the roster is set, but of no practical matter thereafter. I don't think that's the case this season. I think Ford could come on to challenge Terry Boss for the No. 2 job this year, which means he could be a contender for the No. 1 job next season. However, my hunch -- just hunch -- is that the goalkeeper who starts First Kick 2012 for the Sounders isn't currently on the roster.