HOW ACQUIRED: Signed on July 10, 2014
A three time MLS Cup Winner, Saunders has also won two supporters shields. He led the league in saves in 2015. He started all 10 playoff games during the LA Galaxy's run of back-to-back MLS Cup victories in 2012 and 2013 and will hope to find similar success with NYCFC in the coming years, making him one of the premier MLS Goalkeepers of this decade. He just signed a multi-year contact extension, and will hope to be Coach Vieira's first choice.
INTERNATIONAL: Has two caps for the Puerto Rico National Team. Played full 90 minutes in a pair of shutout wins over Bermuda in January 2008. Made eight saves in the two matches, which were the first back-to-back wins for Puerto Rico since 1993.
OUTSIDE MLS: Before he found success in MLS, Saunders was one of the better goalkeepers in the lower divisions of US Professional soccer, including time spent with Portland, Puerto Rico, and Miami FC.
COLLEGE: Split his career between Cal State-Fullerton and the University of California, spending his first two years at Fullerton before transferring north to Berkeley. Two-year starter at Cal, earning First Team All-Pac 10 honors in each of his seasons with the Bears. As a senior in 2002, named the Pac 10 Player of the Year, becoming the first goalkeeper ever to win that award.