It appears as if the Seattle Sounders will not bringing another United States international to be its goalkeeper after Kasey Keller retires this season.
According to a report by Polish publication Wirtualna Polska, the club has reached out to Real Madrid's backup goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek with a formal offer.
If the report is accurate, it is an unexpected move for the club considering that many observers had expected that Keller's replacement would be Wolverhampton's Marcus Hahnemann, who has expressed his interested in joining MLS.
Dudek, 38, signed with Real Madrid to be its backup back in 2007. Prior to that, the Polish goalkeeper had won the 2005 Champions League final with Liverpool in one of the competition's most memorable finals, when the Merseyside club came back from three goals down against AC Milan to win in penalties. He has also featured for Dutch club Feyenoord.
Dudek was expected to retire after this season with Real Madrid, according to several Spanish publications, but joining Seattle would give him a chance to finish his career as a starter. He only made 12 league appearances over four years for the capital-based squad and joining the Sounders would give him a chance to be a key member of a team that could win the MLS cup.
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