Steve Clark was ever so briefly a Sounder.
Back in December, it was announced that the team had signed the 27-year-old goalkeeper but then immediately traded him to Columbus for a fourth-round draft pick in 2015. The move came about a week after the Seattle traded for Stefan Frei, who has gone on to start in goal and earn two shutouts in his first three games.
I asked coach Sigi Schmid more about the team’s interest in Clark after practice Wednesday.
“He was a goalkeeper that we looked at,” Schmid said. “We knew that he was playing in Norway, and (goalkeeper coach Tom Dutra) went over and watched him play, as well. So we had him on our discovery list and we were in the process of trying to see what we were doing in goal. We hadn’t yet completed anything with Frei, so there were a number of balls in the air at the same time, and Steve was one of the goalkeepers that we were definitely looking at.
“As things turned out, Columbus had an interest, and our situation resolved itself with Frei, so we able to move forward in that direction and we were able to make a trade with Columbus.”
I said back in December that the two were bound to be compared this season — particularly as Frei cost the Sounders a conditional first-round draft pick — and we’ll get a close-up look Saturday.
Clark, for his part, has allowed just one goal in two games (both wins) for the Crew.