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Led USL-1 in saves in both 2007 and 2008
Three-year starter and finished No. 2 in franchise history with 29 shutouts
Coach Sigi Schmid: "Chris is very quick and a good shot-stopper."
2008: Led USL-1 in saves (119) and was tied for second in league with 10 shutouts. Started all but one league game and had a GAA of 1.14. Seattle advanced to semifinal round of U.S. Open Cup and fell in first round of playoffs. Eylander named Open Cup's top performer after a 453-minute scoreless stretch, including 12-save shutout of Kansas City in quarterfinal. He saved two Wizards penalties in the tiebreaker. 2007: Starred in championship game win, 4-0 over Atlanta. Led league in wins (14) and saves (109), finished No. 2 in shutouts (13) and minutes and No. 3 in GAA (0.82). Sounders reached semifinals of Open Cup. 2006: Posted six shutouts and tied for No. 3 in wins (10) as a rookie. Selected by Seattle with 21st pick in first round of USL draft.
Finished his University of Washington career (2002-05) tied for No. 3 in shutouts (18), No. 4 in saves (187) and No. 5 in goals-against average (1.11). Started every game (39) his final two seasons. Selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America third-team final two years. Held opponents to 0.97 GAA as a senior. Co-captain and first team All-Pac 10 as a junior, leading conference in saves and shutouts (10), including three against nationally-ranked teams. Played behind Danny Waltman as a sophomore after starting eight times as freshman. Played for Yakima Reds of PDL in 2005.
State of Washington Gatorade Player of the Year in 2002. Led Federal Way United to state championships in 1998, 1999 and 2000 and a runner-up finish in 2001. Auburn Riverside's Athlete of the Year in 2002. Also played one year of football, as a senior.
Parents are Deborah and Mark Eylander. One younger sister, Karlie. Engineering major.