Trey Muse’s season has pretty much mirrored the Tacoma Defiance’s. Early on, he struggled mightily and was routinely giving up three or four goals in a game. It was a rough professional introduction for a player who signed a Seattle Sounders Homegrown Player contract after establishing himself as the top American amateur goalkeeper during two seasons at Indiana.
But recently, he’s started to play much better, just as his Defiance teammates have. Heading into Wednesday’s match, he had allowed just two goals in his past three starts.
Facing a New Mexico United team desperate for three points in their quest to qualify for the playoffs, Muse turned in his best performance yet. The 20-year-old made 13 saves, nine of which came from in or around the 6-yard box.
The performance was punctuated by a nearly unbelievable sequence in the 95th minute in which Muse made four saves, all from close range, making Kasey Keller’s famous quadruple save look almost pedestrian in comparison.
You can watch this dozens of times and each time it looks almost inevitable that United is going to score one of these chances. Listening to the reaction of the crowd, they seemed to feel the same way. Yet Muse somehow positions himself perfectly for each. Oh, and it preserved a 1-1 tie for the Defiance.