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March 2, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Andrew Weber signs (Friday links)

weber mug 2012.jpgIt’s certainly not a surprise after this tweet from Andrew Weber and then this one from his brother, but the goalkeeper has indeed signed with Sounders FC it was announced Friday morning.

As is usually the case, no terms were disclosed per MLS and team policy.

Weber has been with the Sounders since the start of training camp after going unselected in the MLS Re-Entry Process. From what I’ve seen so far, I’d expect Weber to be the team’s backup goalkeeper behind starter Michael Gspurning, but that’s just speculation based upon observation. I’ll ask today if he or Bryan Meredith has won the No. 2 spot.

Weber last played for San Jose. He also has experience with Montreal and D.C. United.

“Andrew adds a goalkeeper who has had Champions League experience with Montreal and who has been in MLS for the last few years,” said coach Sigi Schmid in a news release. “Obviously our goalkeeping situation has changed dramatically from last year with Kasey Keller retiring and Terry Boss having to retire. We are happy with our goalkeepers, and adding Andrew Weber gives another capable keeper.”

And, of course, you can watch Weber and his twin brother, Elliot, on CBS reality series “The Amazing Race” on Sunday nights. As of two episodes, the Weber brothers are still alive in the competition.

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section as we get to more links:

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— Is Osvaldo Alonso a potential MLS MVP candidate? I know a lot of people up here think so. thinks he could be one, too.

— Sounder at Heart reports that Vancouver will not be opening up more seats for Cascadia games at BC Place.

— Chicago coach Frank Klopas said he needs more time to evaluate trialist Amadou Sanyang, who’s under contract with the Sounders, perhaps making a decision.

Kasey Keller will be a part of this summer’s Northwest Soccer Camp from June 24-29 in Kenmore. has more details.

Steve Zakuani will be at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Puyallup on Tuesday, March 6, from 5-6:30 p.m.

— Local product George John will be returning to FC Dallas after a brief loan spell with West Ham.

— Former Sounders draft pick Leone Cruz was one of eight players signed Thursday by Real Salt Lake. Cruz’ rights were traded to RSL in exchange for those to midfielder Andy Rose, who remains in camp.

— Former UW Husky Jamie Finch is still with the Columbus Crew, but aggravated a knee injury recently.

— Here’s an update on the defending PDL champion Kitsap Pumas and their wide search for players.

— Midfielder Lee Nguyen has been waived by the Whitecaps. Nguyen was acquired in a weighted lottery if I remember correctly. Expect him to have a new team after today’s waiver draft. I’d be surprised if it was Seattle, who’s toward the bottom of the draft order.

— Did you see the brawl Philadelphia got into in a friendly in Costa Rica? Yikes.

— Here’s the latest from’s ExtraTime Radio.

— As part of the league website’s countdown to First Kick, here’s a look at the Cascadia rivalries.

— Is the U.S. men’s national team better as a defending/counterattacking team? Should coach Jurgen Klinsmann play to that style more? Also, might USMNT goalkeeper Brad Guzan leave Aston Villa despite a contract offer?

— Lastly, here’s an interesting look at worldwide transfer figures from FIFA. On average, a transfer was completed every 45 minutes. Brazilians and Argentinians made up 20 percent of the estimated 11,500 moves.


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