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April 23, 2013 at 7:01 PM

A stop and chat with Seattle’s Doug Herrick, who’s signed with MLS as a pool goalkeeper

I got a chance to catch up with Doug Herrick after Tuesday’s practice. The Seattle native, who has been trained with the Sounders since the start of preseason, has recently signed with MLS as a pool goalkeeper (as first reported by Liviu Bird).

Herrick was drafted by Portland out of St. Mary’s in 2012, but he never signed with the Timbers. He played for O’Dea High School, the Sounders FC U-23s last summer, and the Guamanian national team.

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(How’s it feel to sign with MLS as a pool goalkeeper?) “Obviously it’s been a long haul. It’s been a little bit of a long wait, but I’m really happy to finally be making this step. I don’t think my day-to-day changes too much, but it’s nice to have that little bit more incentive and sort of a little bit more of that pro mentality coming out here every day. Very happy. I’m very happy to be stationed here in Seattle and continue my develop with (goalkeeper coach Tom Dutra) and the Sounders as a whole.”

(Have you known this was a possibility for you?) “Yeah. They had said that they submitted my name to the league and we were just waiting to hear. We were waiting for a little while, but now I’m very happy that they decided what they did. Obviously they have a lot going on, so it was a surprise to find out yesterday about it. But I knew that it was potentially in the works, and we were just waiting for the league clearance.”

(Do you know if Portland was in the picture at all, having drafted you last year?) “To be honest with you, I don’t really know. And I’m not too worried about it. I’ve been looking to get my foot in the door for the past year and a half. This is a big step for me. The rules side of things is something to look into, but right now I’m just happy to have a place to play and get paid and keep developing.”

(Are you always going suitcase packed?) “Good question. I guess whenever I go somewhere, it’s just another opportunity. Having a suitcase packed isn’t a bad thing. Obviously it’s great to be around here and work with these guys, and whenever I go anywhere else, there’s the possibility that they’ll sign me out of the pool. I’m looking forward to it. I’m really excited about it.”

(What has it been like for you people able to train with this group of goalkeepers?) “You look at the experience around this locker room — Marcus Hahnemann, working with Mike (Gspurning), working with Josh (Ford). Each of them has something else to offer. Marcus played overseas; he’s 40 years old and played over in England and has been to the World Cup, which of course everyone dreams about doing. Here’s Mike, who’s got a different school of goalkeeping to teach me. Josh can help me learn about sort of the young mentality of a goalkeeper. And of course having Tommy, he’s trained Kasey Keller and some of the best goalkeepers in the world. So I feel very blessed to have the chance to work with them, and I have a lot more work to do with them, and I look forward to that.”

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