Arguably the best amateur American goalkeeper has agreed to start his professional career with the Seattle Sounders. Trey Muse, who spent two seasons with the Sounders Academy from 2015-2017, has become the club’s 11th Homegrown Player after officially being unveiled on Jan. 15.
“It’s always exciting to add an academy product and we’re pleased to sign Trey to the First Team roster,” said Sounders FC General Manager & President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey. “We’ve had success at goalkeeper over the years, so we’re looking forward to getting him to work with Tom Dutra once preseason gets started.”
Muse was widely considered to be the best goalkeeper in college the past two seasons, helping lead Indiana University to the College Cup both years. Muse was especially good this past season, when he was the only goalkeeper named a Hermann Trophy award semifinalist and was named to just about every All-America team. His 15 combined shutouts — he shared three with his backup — were the most in the nation and his .541 save percentage was the best in the Big Ten and sixth best in the country. He’s currently with the United States U-20 team as they prepare for the 2019 U-20 World Cup.
“I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity and to begin my professional career with the Sounders after two terrific seasons at Indiana University,” Muse said in a press release. “My two years in Bloomington under Head Coach Todd Yeagley and the rest of the IU staff have helped me tremendously for the next step in my journey. I can’t wait to get to Seattle to join the team and get to work for Coach Schmetzer, Coach Dutra and learn from a couple of great veterans in Stefan Frei and Bryan Meredith.”
Muse, 19, stands 6-foot-4 and is already considered a standout shot stopper. He’ll likely spend most of the year with the Sounders’ USL affiliate and share time with veteran Bryan Meredith, while studying under Stefan Frei and goalkeeper coach Tommy Dutra.
The Louisville, Ky. native is also the Sounders’ first Homegrown Player signing to have been originally recruited from out of the area, a practice that was greatly expanded under general manager Garth Lagerwey. Muse attended Roosevelt High School for two years while playing for the Sounders Academy.