The retirement of Marcus Hahnemann and the declined contract option on Josh Ford yeterday leaves Sounders FC with one goalkeeper -- starter Stefan Frei -- on its roster.
Here's some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say yesterday:
"We’re looking at a number of things from our goalkeeping situation. With S2 in mind as well we think we have a situation that we can put a young goalkeeper into a real good developmental situation. We’ve had a couple of past years where we’ve had to pass on young goalkeepers because we just didn’t have the space on our roster, and a couple of those guys have gone on to do really well in the USL and some other leagues.
"(Goalkeeper coach Tommy Dutra) is really good at identifying young goalkeepers, and sometimes out of our Las Vegas combine we end up finding something there. So obviously we’re looking at that.
"But we’d also like to look at a goalkeeper -- with us next year going into Champions League, we’ve got Open Cup – and add a goalkeeper that has some experience in the league. I think there’s a number of guys right now on the re-entry Phase One list that maybe there’s a goalkeeper there that somebody’s moving on in regard to their own personal team needs that has some experience in our league, has played a little bit maybe even in Champions League or some other things. Goalkeepers age, when they’re between 28 and 34 or 35 they’ve still very viable. We’ve shown that with Kasey Keller and Marcus Hahnemann, who could still perform and do well into their 40s. I think goalkeeping is a very unique position that way.
"So we’re looking a little bit for both: somebody very young, but we’re also looking for somebody with some experience."