Eylander Signs With MLS Sounders

Eylander Signs With MLS Sounders

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On January 7, 2009
  • 4 Comments
  • Player Signings

A move that I think will benefit the expansion Seattle Sounders FC for a for years here, the club announced this week that they have signed USL Sounder keeper Chris Eylander to a contract.

The 24-year old Eylander impressed plenty around the USL over the last couple years. He will be able to study under American keeper Kasey Keller for a couple years before probably being handed the keys to the company car in Seattle.

Eylander played the past three seasons with the USL Sounders, making 78 appearances and finishing with 29 shutouts with the USL side. Each of the past two seasons Eylander led USL1 in saves and finished second in league shutouts.

The few games I saw him play with the Sounders over the last couple years against MLS clubs I have to admit I was impressed with his size and his movement between the pipes.

Its good to see the club bringing up a few of their USL players. Eylander is sort of a home grown talent anyways here. I would imagine we will hear that they will be bringing up a couple more USL players in the coming weeks, unless they make a few deals during the draft or sign a couple foreign players like I am hearing that they might.

  • Kevin

    Well, it's to see them planning for the future knowing that Keller doesn't have many years left, but I have to question the Sounders' lack of signings at more important positions. I am not downgrading the importance of a keeper but it seems that (from the limited rumors I have heard, not being a Sounders fan) they now have two goalkeepers, two forwards, an aging DP, and one or two other midfielders and forwards. Are they really relying on the draft that much? Can they really get that much young talent that will be ready for the MLS, along with any trades they make? I think that so far they haven;t managed the team quite as well as they could have. They should be looking abroad to fill up some foreign rosters spots before the draft and during the January transfer window, which is when many European teams especially like to add and cut players. If they were utilizing more of the old USL Sounders' talent, along with some foreign slots before the draft, then I wouldn't even be commenting. But it doesn't sound like the Sounders are too interested in doing anything but buying forwards and keepers. Any thoughts?

  • Kevin

    Well, it’s to see them planning for the future knowing that Keller doesn’t have many years left, but I have to question the Sounders’ lack of signings at more important positions. I am not downgrading the importance of a keeper but it seems that (from the limited rumors I have heard, not being a Sounders fan) they now have two goalkeepers, two forwards, an aging DP, and one or two other midfielders and forwards. Are they really relying on the draft that much? Can they really get that much young talent that will be ready for the MLS, along with any trades they make? I think that so far they haven;t managed the team quite as well as they could have. They should be looking abroad to fill up some foreign rosters spots before the draft and during the January transfer window, which is when many European teams especially like to add and cut players. If they were utilizing more of the old USL Sounders’ talent, along with some foreign slots before the draft, then I wouldn’t even be commenting. But it doesn’t sound like the Sounders are too interested in doing anything but buying forwards and keepers. Any thoughts?

  • JesseMT

    Sounders fan here – I basically agree, but I'm withholding final judgment until the season starts. Here's the best possible lineup with what we have so far: <br />
    <br />
    Jaqua <br />
    Ljungberg —— Evans <br />
    Smith ———- Vagenas ———- Le Toux<br />
    Sturgis ——-Miller ——— Parke —— Riley <br />
    Keller <br />
    Bench: Eylander, S. King, T. Wahl, S. Nyassi, J. Smith<br />
    <br />
    So, this makes a few assumptions, including that the Sounders will finalize a rumored loan deal for Costa Rican defender Roy Miller. Add in the draft picks, a few USL Sounders, and maybe one or two surprises, and you get the final roster. <br />
    <br />
    Is this a playoff roster? Tough to say it is, but there's potential I think. Looking at the roster I actually think we need another forward; we'd be toast if Jaqua went down. (Yes, I think Jarrod Smith was a bad pick.)

  • JesseMT

    Sounders fan here – I basically agree, but I’m withholding final judgment until the season starts. Here’s the best possible lineup with what we have so far:

    Jaqua
    Ljungberg —— Evans
    Smith ———- Vagenas ———- Le Toux
    Sturgis ——-Miller ——— Parke —— Riley
    Keller
    Bench: Eylander, S. King, T. Wahl, S. Nyassi, J. Smith

    So, this makes a few assumptions, including that the Sounders will finalize a rumored loan deal for Costa Rican defender Roy Miller. Add in the draft picks, a few USL Sounders, and maybe one or two surprises, and you get the final roster.

    Is this a playoff roster? Tough to say it is, but there’s potential I think. Looking at the roster I actually think we need another forward; we’d be toast if Jaqua went down. (Yes, I think Jarrod Smith was a bad pick.)