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Michael Gspurning, Seattle Sounders Still Negotiating

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UPDATE: Adrian met with Joshua Mayers and Don Ruiz and Gspurning and keeper replacement possibility came up. Being announced before the Expansion Draft would not matter. Something could happen within a few weeks.

Finding a man to replace Kasey Keller is probably Adrian Hanauer's largest issue for the 2011-12 off-season with the Seattle Sounders. Rumored signing Michael Gspurning and the club are still negotiating according to a two part article in German with Sport10 of Austria. Whether this is due to adroit roster management by Hanauer prior to the expansion draft or over terms is unclear.

What is clear, even through google translate, is that Gspurning enjoyed his trip here. He felt it odd that the team would apologize for having only 25,000 fans for the CONCACAF Champions League match he watched (only the game against San Fransisco of Panama passed 20k so at least he saw a win). He also critiques people like readers here who attempt to learn his abilities through his statistics.

I myself did not even know that I've played in 89 games 38 times to zero. But this is typical American, they cut everything into numbers

Gspurning also relates a story driving around Lake Washington while listening to Pumped Up Kicks. He mentions studying MLS gameplay already, but repeats several times that the deal is not final. Nuance can be lost in automated translation, but it is clear that the team and player are talking. It is also fairly obvious that he feels a move to Seattle will help his game continue to grow.