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Michael Gspurning in talks with NYCFC, but Sounders still control MLS rights


Michael Gspurning left the Seattle Sounders as one of the top statistical goalkeepers in MLS history. It looks like he may be returning to the league, but not necessarily to the Sounders.

After making just one league appearance with Greece's PAOK, Gspurning again finds himself out of contract. The 33-year-old has confirmed that New York City FC is among the teams that have contacted him.

Aside from the fact that NYCFC won't begin play until 2015, the other complicating factor is that the Seattle Sounders still control his MLS rights, a fact Sounder at Heart has confirmed. That would mean NYCFC would likely have to compensate the Sounders in some way before they could sign the big Austrian.

One potential agreement could involve NYCFC simply agreeing not to pick any Sounders players in the upcoming Expansion Draft. Similar kinds of deals have been struck in previous Expansion Drafts. Other possible forms of compensation could be something like lower-round draft pick or allocation money.

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