Andrew Weber (Photo courtesy of Sounders FC)
UPDATE: Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer confirmed that the team will be carrying four goalkeepers for the time being. With Josh Ford currently injured, the team is apparently perfectly content to wait to make a decision.
A couple days after he announced the signing on Twitter, the Seattle Sounders officially announced the signing of Andrew Weber. The goalkeeper is expected to be Michael Gspurning's top backup, but will likely be fighting with Bryan Meredith for that spot throughout the season.
"Andrew adds a goalkeeper who has had Champions League experience with Montreal and who has been in MLS for the last few years," Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said in a team release. "Obviously our goalkeeping situation has changed dramatically from last year with Kasey Keller retiring and Terry Boss having to retire. We are happy with our goalkeepers, and adding Andrew Weber gives another capable keeper."
If the Sounders had not decided to sign Weber, they would have been forced to enter the season without a goalkeeper with MLS experience. This is Gspurning's first year in the league and Meredith has only seen action in CCL. Josh Ford, who is currently injured, has never appeared in a senior game with the Sounders.
Weber isn't exactly overflowing with MLS experience either, as he has appeared in just two games back in 2009. He did go 1-0-1 and allow three goals on 14 shots. He has been a MLS backup for the last three seasons, though, which is more league experience than any other goalkeeper on the roster.
Combined with the signings of Andrew Duran and Babayele Sodade on Thursday, this leaves Andy Rose and Alex Caskey as the two most significant players whose future with the Sounders remains undecided.