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Former Sounders GK Michael Gspurning signs with Greece's PAOK

Deal is announced as being for just six months, but with an eye toward a two-year extension.


Michael Gspurning has landed firmly on his feet, it appears. The former Seattle Sounders goalkeeper was unveiled as the newest signing of Greece's PAOK, which currently sit second in the Super League table. Although PAOK are 11 points shy of first place -- the only Greek team that earns an automatic spot in Champions League -- they are 18 points clear of earning one of the five spots in Champions League qualifiers.

Gspurning, who turned down an opportunity to re-sign with the Sounders because he would have needed to take a pay cut, has apparently agreed to a six-month deal with PAOK. Apparently, the deal was signed with the intention that if all goes well that it could turn into a two-year deal.

One would imagine that in order for this to turn into a longer deal, Gspurning would have to establish himself as the clear starter. So far this year, PAOK has used two goalkeepers with Greece's Panagiotis Glykos taking over the No. 1 spot for the past couple few months. Spanish goalkeeper Jacobo Ovejero opened the season as the No. 1 but hasn't played since allowing four goals back in November. PAOK's 19 goals allowed is the most of any team in the top 6.

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