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Michael Gspurning signs Bundesliga contract with Schalke 04

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After playing with the Schalke 04 U23s this past season, he's won himself a 1st team contract.

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Michael Gspurning's will be staying in Germany, signing a new contract with FC Schalke 04. Gspurning joined Schalke 04 II during the January transfer window, playing in the Regionalliga West where he made 15 appearances and helped the largely U23 side avoid relegation.

Sporting Director Horst Heldt rewarded Gspurning's hard work with a new contract that runs through June of 2016 to play with the 1st team in the Bundesliga. Heldt commented that "Michael Gspurning has impressed a lot over the past six months." The signing essentially works as a promotion for the Austrian keeper, who moves from the reserve side to the 1st team.

Signing in Germany does nothing with his MLS rights, which the Sounders still retain. If he ever wants to come to MLS and does not come back to Seattle, the Sounders can trade his rights or get 50k in allocation under the new rules. The rumors that he would sign with NYCFC largely dried up when Schalke expressed interest in keeping him on next season but with only a one year contract, we could see those rumors start right back up this winter.