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March 9, 2011 at 10:58 PM

Josh Ford wins the job to be Sounders FC’s third goalkeeper

ford mug.jpgHaving noticed that rookie Bryan Meredith wasn’t around for warmups before the game, I asked coach Sigi Schmid after tonight’s win if he’d made a decision on the third goalkeeper. He confirmed that Josh Ford had won the job and will be signed (you can read in the quote in the post below).

I was able to catch up with Ford in the locker room to get some initial reaction to the news:

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(Congratulations on winning the job. What is it like for you right now?) “It’s a big sigh of relief. Bryan and myself had been competing for a little over a month I believe and it’s really good to be with a great team. I’ve experienced a little bit of it, with the fans and everything like that, and I couldn’t ask for more. Really excited to be behind Kasey and Boss, but I’m still going to be competing everyday and learning everyday. That’s really important. I really have to thank Bryan for always pushing me. We were both in this together and it’s unfortunate how things happen, but it’s always a plus to have someone pushing you like that. Right now I’m just working on some things I have to figure out: my new location in Seattle. Honestly, it’s a great feeling to be with the Seattle Sounders.”

(What does this mean to you in terms of confidence and motivation going forward?) “It’s really comfortable feeling to have a great coach like Tommy Dutra pushing you and a guy like Kasey Keller trying to correct you and help you out in every way possible. It’s going to help me when we’re fighting for that spot after Kasey retires — to show what I have, to continue to progress and be in contention for a No. 1 spot. That’s everyone’s goal, to be a starter. You don’t come here and look to be behind someone. You take what you can when you get it. I’m just going to hold my head up high and keep working.”

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