Stefan Frei climbs shutout leaderboard: 5 best stats heading into Week 2
Before Week 2 of the 2021 MLS regular season begins, here are five key stats to be aware of – including goalkeepers and youngsters turning heads throughout the league.
HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a Homegrown Player through the 2022 season, with an option for 2023, on February 24, 2020.
Pulskamp is a young goalkeeper who will look to continue his development over the next couple of seasons.
INTERNATIONAL: Pulskamp recently debuted for the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team in a friendly against regional rivals Mexico on Jan. 18 in Bradenton, Florida. He also competed at a U.S. U-18 training camp in June 2018 at Pinnacle, Sporting’s world-class training home in Kansas City, Kansas. That same year, he went on trial with English Premier League outfit AFC Bournemouth.
OUTSIDE MLS: Pulskamp joins the MLS ranks on the heels of a 2019 USL Championship season in which he led Sporting KC II goalkeepers in starts (14), minutes (1,260), wins (four) and saves (45). He enjoyed several standout performances throughout the year, making five saves in a victory over reigning league champion Louisville City on May 6 and four saves in a defeat of rivals Saint Louis FC on June 30. He later shut out North Carolina FC in a 1-0 win on Sept. 14 and posted six saves in a 3-0 road triumph over Charlotte Independence on Sept. 21.
MLS’ 27th season will kick off on Feb. 26!