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Michael Gspurning

Michael Gspurning
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Goalkeeper
  • 6' 5"
  • 205 lbs.
  • 05-02-1981
  • Graz, Austria
  • First in MLS with 0.73 goals against average in 2012, the third-best GAA in league history. Became first goalkeeper from outside the CONCACAF region to lead MLS in GAA.
  • Finished third in MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and MLS Newcomer of the Year in 2012.
  • Capped three times by Austrian National Team.
  • Coach Sigi Schmid: “We like Michael's size. He's got good feet so we can play through him and he's ver good on crosses, takes good angles and has good hands..”

How Acquired:
Signed by the Sounders FC as a free agent on December 7, 2011.

Previous Clubs:
DSV Leoben (2001-04), ASKO Pasching (2004-06), Skoda Xanthi (2007-11)

MLS Experience:
2012: Gspurning burst onto the MLS scene in 2012, earning his place among the league’s elite keepers after finishing first with a 0.73 goals against average and second with a .690 winning percentage (12-4-5). Also finished tied-fifth in MLS with eight shutouts despite playing just 21 games. Finished third in both Goalkeeper of the Year and Newcomer of the Year voting. Kept two of the top 10 longest shutout streaks of the season, 370 minutes (seventh) from 9/22-10/21 and 335 minutes (10th) from 3/31-4/28. Named to MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week for Week 5 after making five saves in a scoreless draw at D.C. (4/7). Did not allow a goal in the two-leg Western Conference semifinals against RSL, making 13 total saves, including a season-high nine in the second leg. Missed 13 games with a hip injury from 5/5-7/15.

Other Professional Experience:

  • 2007-11: Played for Skoda Xanthi of Super League Greece.  He made 89 appearances, including a career-high 29 in 2009-10 and 26 in 2008-09. Named Super League All-Star in 09-10 and 08-09. Career-high 16 shutouts in 08-09. He holds the Super League record with eight consecutive road shutouts.
  • 2004-06: Made seven appearances (five in 04-05, two in 05-06) for ASKO Pasching of the Austrian Bundesliga. He mainly served as the backup keeper, but played in some UEFA Cup matches.
  • 2001-04: Played for DSV Leoben of the Austrian Regional League Central, making 52 appearances.  He was voted by coaches as the league’s best goalkeeper in 2003-04.

International Experience:
Three caps for the Austrian National Team. Debuted in 2008 in a friendly against Turkey. In 2009, Gspurning started two World Cup qualifiers, a 2-1 win over Romania and a 1-nil loss to eventual group winners Serbia. He also had some call-ups to the U-21 Austrian National Team.

Personal:
Born in Graz, Austria. Married with one daughter. Speaks German, English, and Greek.

Career Statistics (Regular Season)

Year Club GP GS MIN SHT SV GA PKG PKA W L T
2013 Seattle Sounders FC 28 28 2475 10 76 35 2 2 12 9 6
2012 Seattle Sounders FC 21 21 1845 8 59 15 2 2 12 4 5
Career Totals 49 49 4320 18 135 50 4 4 24 13 11

2013 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS MIN SHT SV GA PKG PKA W L T
MLS Regular Season Seattle Sounders FC 28 28 2475 10 76 35 2 2 12 9 6
MLS Playoffs Seattle Sounders FC 2 2 175 0 5 3 1 1 1 1 0

2012 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS MIN SHT SV GA PKG PKA W L T
MLS Regular Season Seattle Sounders FC 21 21 1845 8 59 15 2 2 12 4 5
MLS Playoffs Seattle Sounders FC 4 4 360 2 17 4 1 1 2 1 1
GP: Games Played, GS: Games Started, G: Goals, MIN: Minutes Played, A: Assists, SHT: Shots, SOG: Shots on Goal, FC: Fouls Committed, FS: Fouls Suffered, OFF: Offsides, Y: Yellow Cards, R: Red Cards, GF: Goals For, GA: Goals Against, SO: Shutouts, SV: Saves, CK: Corner Kicks, PKA: Penalty Kick Attempts, PKG: Penalty Kick Goals, PKS: Penalty Kick Saves

Regular Season Game Log

Date Match Result Appearance MINS GF GA SOG SV PKA PKG PKS
10/27/2013 LA @ SEA T 1-1 Started 90 0 1 6 4 0 0 0
10/19/2013 SEA @ DAL L 0-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10/13/2013 SEA @ POR L 0-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10/9/2013 VAN @ SEA L 4-1 Started 90 0 4 5 1 0 0 0
10/5/2013 SEA @ COL L 1-5 Started 90 0 5 9 4 0 0 0
9/29/2013 NY @ SEA T 1-1 Started 90 0 1 3 2 0 0 0
9/21/2013 SEA @ LA T 1-1 Started 90 0 1 2 1 0 0 0
9/13/2013 RSL @ SEA W 0-2 Started 90 0 0 3 3 0 0 0
9/7/2013 CHI @ SEA W 1-2 Started 90 0 1 3 2 0 0 0
9/4/2013 CHV @ SEA W 0-1 Started 90 0 0 1 1 0 0 0
8/31/2013 SEA @ CLB W 1-0 Started 90 0 0 2 2 0 0 0
8/25/2013 POR @ SEA W 0-1 Started 90 0 0 4 4 0 0 0
8/17/2013 SEA @ HOU L 1-3 Started 90 0 3 4 1 0 0 0
8/10/2013 SEA @ TOR W 2-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/3/2013 DAL @ SEA W 0-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/28/2013 CHV @ SEA W 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/20/2013 COL @ SEA T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/13/2013 SEA @ SJ L 0-1 Started 45 0 0 2 2 0 0 0
7/6/2013 SEA @ VAN L 0-2 Started 90 0 2 4 2 0 0 0
7/3/2013 DC @ SEA W 0-2 Started 90 0 0 4 4 0 0 0
6/22/2013 SEA @ RSL L 0-2 Started 90 0 2 6 4 0 0 0
6/8/2013 VAN @ SEA W 2-3 Started 90 0 2 5 3 0 0 0
6/1/2013 SEA @ CHV W 2-0 Started 90 0 0 4 4 0 0 0
5/26/2013 SEA @ LA L 0-4 Started 90 0 4 6 2 2 2 0
5/18/2013 DAL @ SEA W 2-4 Started 90 0 2 6 4 0 0 0
5/11/2013 SJ @ SEA W 0-4 Started 90 0 0 3 3 0 0 0
5/8/2013 SEA @ KC W 1-0 Started 90 0 0 3 3 0 0 0
5/4/2013 SEA @ PHI T 2-2 Started 90 0 2 4 2 0 0 0
4/20/2013 SEA @ COL W 1-0 Started 90 0 0 3 3 0 0 0
4/13/2013 NE @ SEA T 0-0 Started 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3/30/2013 SEA @ RSL L 1-2 Started 90 0 2 10 7 0 0 0
3/23/2013 SEA @ SJ L 0-1 Started 90 0 1 5 4 0 0 0
3/16/2013 POR @ SEA T 1-1 Started 90 0 1 2 1 0 0 0
3/2/2013 MTL @ SEA L 1-0 Started 90 0 1 5 3 0 0 0
10/28/2012 SEA @ LA L 0-1 Started 90 0 1 4 3 0 0 0
10/21/2012 DAL @ SEA W 1-3 Started 90 0 1 3 2 0 0 0
10/17/2012 RSL @ SEA T 0-0 Started 90 0 0 5 5 0 0 0
10/7/2012 POR @ SEA W 0-3 Started 90 0 0 6 5 0 0 0
9/29/2012 SEA @ VAN T 0-0 Started 90 0 0 3 3 0 0 0
9/22/2012 SJ @ SEA L 2-1 Started 90 0 2 5 3 0 0 0
9/15/2012 SEA @ POR T 1-1 Started 90 0 1 3 2 0 0 0
9/8/2012 CHV @ SEA W 1-2 Started 90 0 1 4 3 0 0 0
9/2/2012 SEA @ DAL T 1-1 Started 90 0 1 7 5 0 0 0
8/25/2012 SEA @ CHV W 6-2 Started 90 0 2 8 5 1 1 0
8/18/2012 VAN @ SEA W 0-2 Started 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/11/2012 SEA @ SJ L 1-2 Started 90 0 2 4 2 0 0 0
8/5/2012 LA @ SEA W 0-4 Started 90 0 0 2 2 0 0 0
7/28/2012 SEA @ COL W 2-1 Started 90 0 1 4 3 0 0 0
7/15/2012 SEA @ NY T 2-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/7/2012 COL @ SEA W 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/4/2012 SEA @ RSL T 0-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/30/2012 SEA @ NE T 2-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/24/2012 SEA @ POR L 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/20/2012 KC @ SEA T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/16/2012 SEA @ MTL L 1-4 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/26/2012 SEA @ CHV T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/23/2012 CLB @ SEA L 2-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/19/2012 SEA @ VAN T 2-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/12/2012 RSL @ SEA L 1-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/9/2012 SEA @ DAL W 2-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/5/2012 PHI @ SEA W 0-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/2/2012 LA @ SEA W 0-2 Started 45 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/28/2012 SEA @ CHI W 2-1 Started 90 0 1 4 3 0 0 0
4/14/2012 COL @ SEA W 0-1 Started 90 0 0 1 1 0 0 0
4/7/2012 SEA @ DC T 0-0 Started 90 0 0 4 4 0 0 0
3/31/2012 SJ @ SEA L 1-0 Started 90 0 1 5 4 1 1 0
3/23/2012 HOU @ SEA W 0-2 Started 90 0 0 2 2 0 0 0
3/17/2012 TOR @ SEA W 1-3 Started 90 0 1 3 2 0 0 0
GP: Games Played, GS: Games Started, G: Goals, MIN: Minutes Played, A: Assists, SHT: Shots, SOG: Shots on Goal, FC: Fouls Committed, FS: Fouls Suffered, OFF: Offsides, Y: Yellow Cards, R: Red Cards, GF: Goals For, GA: Goals Against, SO: Shutouts, SV: Saves, CK: Corner Kicks, PKA: Penalty Kick Attempts, PKG: Penalty Kick Goals, PKS: Penalty Kick Saves