Sounders FC has re-signed goalkeeper Josh Ford, the team announced Thursday.
Seattle had previously declined a contract option on Ford, following three seasons riddled with injuries, and the 26 year old was set to be eligible in the upcoming MLS Re-Entry Draft. Per league and team policy, terms were not disclosed, but it’s a safe bet that he’s an off-budget, minimum-salary player.
“We are very happy to bring Josh back in 2014,” said sporting director Chris Henderson in a news release.
“The work that he has done with goalkeeper coach Tom Dutra has helped him to be in a position to compete in goal. Josh is an up-and-coming goalkeeper with very good quality and has proven to be a great teammate in the clubhouse.”
Ford is the second goalkeeper locked up heading into the 2014 season, joining new addition Stefan Frei, acquired from Toronto FC earlier in the week. At UConn product, Ford set school records in wins (54), shutouts (50) and consecutive starts (85) from 2006-10
The three remaining Sounders eligible in the Re-Entry draft are Steve Zakuani, Marc Burch and Blair Gavin.