Seattle declines option on GK Gspurning

The Seattle Sounders have declined the 2014 contract option on

goalkeeper Michael Gspurning, leaving the position as a major

question going into next season.

The Sounders announced the decision on Monday.

The 2013 season was Gspurning’s second with the club. He was a

finalist for MLS goalkeeper of the year in 2012, but by the end of

the 2013 season had lost his starting job on a regular basis. The

Sounders used backup Marcus Hahnemann as their starter for a few

games late in the year as Gspurning struggled with consistency.

The 32-year-old Austrian came to Seattle from Skoda Xanthi in

the Greek Super League in December 2011.