Sounders FC general manager Adrian Hanauer today shot down reports that the club has offered a contract to Polish goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek. However, Hanauer acknowledges that the club is interested in bringing in some veteran keeper before next season to compete with Terry Boss and other existing personnel for the starting job that will come open when Kasey Keller retires.
Good goalkeeper, and something certainly we're looking at for next year," Hanauer said. "We obviously have to figure out whether it's one of our guys or someone else that we're bringing in. But unless (technical director Chris Henderson) os moonlightling by flying to Poland there's not much to this. ... I definitely didn't make an offer to do that. ... We know with Kasey retiring that we need a No. 1. And whether it comes from our ranks or outside our ranks, we're definitely paying attention, and that's a focus for us at this time."
The other keepers on the roster are 29-year-old Terry Boss and rookie Josh Ford. Second-round draft pick Bryan Meredith also works out with the Sounders while playing for the Kitsap Pumas of the Premier Development League.
“They’re doing very well,” goalkeeper coach Tom Dutra said. “Josh, unfortunately took a bit of a shoulder strain last week and should be out only another 10 days – maybe a week. Bryan Meredith is doing very well. (Boss) played well against San Jose down there, and he rebounded very well against Chivas after just a bad mistake, and against the
Portland reserves he did very well. All three reserves – and I include Bryan in there just because he trains with us – they’re doing well.”
Boss has played in all MLS Reserve League games so far, but Dutra said Ford will get a chance soon.
"I think Josh’s opportunity is coming soon," Dutra said. "We were giving him some of the reserve games against college teams. Terry has to get his games as well. But definitely in the future Josh will get games as well. We have to see how he’ll do in games. He played well in games all through training camp. What I don’t want to have happen is have him train and then be two months until his next game. Obviously you’ll never be in a rhythm and you start to lose the feel a little bit as a goalkeeper. You can only do so much in training."