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2015 Player Profile #25: Troy Perkins

Will Perkins be the last USMNT keeper in Sounders history?

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Going through the history of Seattle Sounders keepers there has yet to be a season without a USMNT keeper on the roster. Troy Perkins may be the last of those (Keller, Hahnemann being the others). The seven-time capped American came to Seattle to be a backup. In that role he was just fine.

Rank: 25 | Age: 34 | Starts: 7 | Appearances: 8 | Bench: 34
all comps 1st team
In MLS play only he had a 1.00 GAA and saved 80% of shots in 316 minutes

Shot Stopping:

Troy is a solid shot-stopper. He won't impress with amazing saves, but makes the stop he is supposed to. A team will not lose because he is in goal.


Unlike his contemporaries in the latter-00s USMNT picture he is not from the boot-it-first school of keeper distribution. Willing to work it slowly from the back.


Troy worked well with the younger players when he started in Open Cup, CCL and USL play. Transitioning to him from Frei had no effect on the senior backline, a clear demonstration of his utility as a backup keeper.

Best Case 2016:

Perkins is available as a free agent right now. There are teams where he would start or be a reasonable heavy rotation keeper with a youngster. Seattle is not one of those teams.

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