In what was likely their final move before the Re-Entry Draft, the Seattle Sounders have re-signed goalkeeper Josh Ford. The announcement came on Thursday, just a few hours before the draft was scheduled to take place. He had originally been slated to participate in the draft.
"We are very happy to bring Josh back in 2014," Sporting Director Chris Henderson said in a team release. "The work that he has done with goalkeeper coach Tom Dutra has helped him to be in a position to compete in goal. Josh is an up-and-coming goalkeeper with very good quality and has proven to be a great teammate in the clubhouse."
The Sounders picked Ford in the 2011 Supplemental Draft, considering him among the top goalkeepers in a draft class that also included the much-more-hyped Zac MacMath. The UConn product has battled injuries throughout his Sounders career and, as a result, has not made a single regular-season appearance. The team has thought well enough of him to keep him over several similar-priced and aged goalkeepers, though.
Here's the updated list of eligible players
2013 RE-ENTRY DRAFT ELEGIBLE PLAYERS BY CLUB
Chicago Fire (8): M Corben Bone, D Shaun Francis, M Joel Lindpere, M Logan Pause, M Chris Rolfe, F Maicon Santos, M Wells Thompson*, M Michael Videira
Chivas USA (3): D Ante Jazic*, D Steve Purdy, M Josue Soto
Columbus Crew (2): M Danny O'Rourke, M Konrad Warzycha
Colorado Rapids (3): GK Steward Ceus, D Brian Mullan, M Jamie Smith
D.C. United (6): M Dwayne De Rosario, D James Riley, F Carlos Ruiz, M Marcelo Saragosa, M John Thorrington, D Daniel Woolard
FC Dallas (2): M David Ferreira, D Ugo Ihemelu
Houston Dynamo (4): D Bobby Boswell*, F Calen Carr*, M Alex Dixon, F Cam Weaver
LA Galaxy (4): M Colin Clark, M Laurent Courtois, D Sean Franklin, M Pablo Mastroeni*(retired)
Montreal Impact (1): M Sinisa Ubiparipovic
New England Revolution (4): F Chad Barrett, F Ryan Guy, M Clyde Simms, M Juan Toja
New York Red Bulls (4): D Brandon Barklage, F Fabian Espindola, GK Kevin Hartman (retired), D Heath Pearce*
Philadelphia Union (1): D Chris Albright* (retired)
Portland Timbers (2): D David Horst, D Ryan Miller
Real Salt Lake (3): D Brandon McDonald, GK Josh Saunders, M Khari Stephenson
Seattle Sounders (3): D Marc Burch, M Blair Gavin, F Steve Zakuani*
San Jose Earthquakes (4): D Nana Attakora, M Mehdi Ballouchy*, D Dan Gargan, GK Evan Newton
Toronto FC (1): F Justin Braun*
Vancouver Whitecaps (2): GK Joe Cannon, F Corey Hertzog
NOTE: * indicates players out of contract. All other players had their options declined.
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