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Sounders Academy product named Hermann Trophy semifinalist

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Trey Muse could become the first goalkeeper in more than 20 years to win the award.

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Generally speaking, goalkeepers do not win the MAC Hermann Trophy, the award given to the top player in college soccer every year. The last goalkeeper to win the award was Brad Friedel, back in 1992.

Seattle Sounders Academy product Trey Muse will be trying to buck that trend after being the only goalkeeper to be named a 2018 Hermann Trophy semifinalist on Tuesday. He joins Jordan Morris (2014 and 2015) and David Olsen (2015) as Sounders Academy products to be named among the top 15 or so college players.

Muse, a sophomore, was fifth in the nation with 11 goals conceded, 14 clean sheets and a .499 goals per 90 average in 22 starts for No. 1-ranked Indiana University. The Hoosiers face Notre Dame on Friday for a spot in the College Cup finals.

Muse is generally considered to be the top goalkeeper in college and could be in line for a Sounders Homegrown Player contract after this season is over.

“We’ve been touch with him regularly,” Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey said last week. “He’s a great kid, definitely a player in whom we have interest. We are not legally able to approach him [during the college season], but he’s definitely a player we have our eye on.”