[caption id="attachment_22638" align="alignleft" width="200"] Ford[/caption]It has been an especially nice 24 hours for Sounders goalkeeper Josh Ford, starting with his school -- Connecticut -- winning the NCAA men's basketball championship last night.
"Dylan, Lamar and DeAndre came over and we kind of had some fun playing a little hoops before and then watching the game," Ford said. "I was just a mess until the end. I was super-excited it was great."
On top of that, Ford also received plenty of praise from coach Sigi Schmid despite his lack of playing time in his fourth MLS season.
"Josh is fine," Schmid said. "Josh is one of the best shot-stoppers you ever want to see. At training and so forth what he does is really good. And with his knee injury last year and having to work through that and the surgery we wanted to make sure that we gave him the time to be able to come back and get himself back to the level that we felt he was at. He’s a goalkeeper we think is a very talented goalkeeper for the future. There might be a time as we move forward in this season that there will be possibilities for us to loan him out a little bit to get some games. I think that’s important for him. He’s definitely a goalkeeper that we feel very good about."
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Ford was happy about that too.
"It’s always great when the coach is talking well about you, and I think it’s great they’re recognizing I’m doing well," he said. "I’ve put in a lot of work. My teammates also see it. They’ve given me a lot of compliments and things. It would be nice to go on a loan, just to get matches. At the end of the day we all want to play, so I think it would be a great opportunity. If not, I’m putting in a lot of work here and if things break for me it’s a great opportunity. I’ll just keep on keeping on I guess."
Ford was asked its it's tough to keep keeping on when he is getting no playing time with the first team and so little even with the reserves.
"It’s tough," he said. "Soccer’s a tough sport. Goalkeeper’s even a tougher position because there’s only one player that really can play. Luckily, goalkeepers can have a long career – you can look at Marcus, in his 40s still playing. I don’t know how well that would go for me, being in my 40s and still playing, but if you can do it, that’s great. I’m just looking to show what I can do. If I get an opportunity I’m going to take that opportunity when I can."