Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Eylander joins Seattle's local contingent
by Ridge Mahoney, January 6th, 2009 7AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS] The melding of the USL and MLS versions of the Seattle Sounders has added another element, that of goalkeeper Chris Eylander.

Eylander, 24, led the USL in saves the past two seasons, during which the Sounders won a league title (2007) and reached the U.S. Open Cup semifinals both years. His scoreless streak of 453 minutes during the 2007 cup competition included blankings of Chivas USA and Kansas City.

He played three USL-1 seasons after finishing his collegiate career at the University of Washington, and in 78 league matches posted 29 shutouts. He may not get much time as the backup for Kasey Keller but he gives Coach Sigi Schmid a degree of security.

"We're very excited to have Chris join our team," said Schmid, who has also brought on board Eylander's goalkeeper coach in the USL, Tom Dutra. "I've seen him play at the University of Washington and I also followed his career with the USL Sounders. He's a quality goalkeeper and a quality individual for our team."

The local product (Auburn) played four seasons at the University of Washington for Coach Dean Wurzberger, who served three seasons as Schmid's assistant coach at UCLA from 1986 to 1988.

The Sounders-Bruins connection includes one of Schmid's former college players, technical director and former U.S. international Chris Henderson, another product of Washington state.

"Having played for the USL Sounders the past three years and having grown up in the area, I had always wanted to play in MLS," Eylander said. "To reach that goal and do so by playing for the first MLS team in Seattle is really, really special for me and very exciting."



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
MLS millionaire club continues to grow    
For the third year in a row, Brazilian Kaka is the highest-paid player in MLS. The ...
What They're Saying: Carly Telford    
"The chairman himself didn't come in to break the news. We've never actually met the chairman, ...
What They're Saying: Juan Carlos Rodriguez    
"It's not only an MLS team. This is way bigger than MLS. ... We really want ...
USMNT: MLS horror shows in goal raise concerns    
It's not too early to think about the USA's two June World Cup qualifiers against Trinidad ...
MLS Injuries: Wrist surgery sidelines Artur    
A fractured wrist that required surgery will keep Columbus SC midfielder Artur out of competitive play ...
USL Rewind: San Antonio starts Cascadia tour with victory    
Two new teams -- San Antonio FC and Charleston Battery -- climbed atop the conferences, and ...
MLS Power Rankings: FC Dallas maintains top spot    
Sporting Kansas City fell to leader FC Dallas and from the unbeaten ranks, dropping to third ...
NWSL Rewind: Rapinoe finds shooting touch -- and lungs    
Megan Rapinoe, who missed all but five NWSL games in 2016, scored for the second week ...
Video Pick: El Clasico brilliance by Messi and Co.    
Decided on a last-second strike by Lionel Messi, Sunday's Real Madrid-Barcelona El Clasico ranks among the ...
Video Pick: It's Nagbe vs. Piatti for top golazo    
We think the MLS Goal of the Week, although David Villa's running volley and Sebastian Giovinco's ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives