FRISCO, Texas — When FC Dallas decided they wanted a young, experienced goalkeeper to back up incumbent Kevin Hartman, Chris Seitz fit the mold perfectly.
By acquiring Seitz from the Seattle Sounders last week, FCD welcome a 22-year-old who started 22 games for expansion side Philadelphia Union in 2010. He replaces 36-year-old Dario Sala, who was the former No. 2 goalkeeper and the longest-tenured player for FCD.
Sala had been with Dallas since 2005, when he was brought in by then head coach Colin Clarke. In 2010, he appeared in 11 games (10 starts) and was just 2-3-6 with a 1.52 goals against average. The veteran Argentine began the season as the starter but was quickly supplanted by Hartman, a candidate for league goalkeeper of the year honors.
“We looked at our goalkeeping situation and made the decision that we wanted to have a good, young goalkeeper in the mix,” Dallas technical director Barry Gorman said. “We wanted to have someone that has had some experience and someone that’s going to push Kevin, but at the same time learn from him.
[inline_node:315973]“When we were aware of Chris’s availability, we wanted to make sure we got him to FC Dallas. We think that will be a good situation. We think that our goalkeeping situation is very good for next year.”
The MLS Cup runners-up got Seitz from Seattle in return for a fourth-round pick. Gorman was a bit surprised to get the player for such a relatively low amount in return.
“I don’t think Philly wanted to lose him. It’s one of those things we all get caught up in because it’s a salary cap situation and everything else. We were able to acquire a very good goalkeeper that has got a lot of promise and potential,” he said. “I’m very excited about having Chris here. I think he’s going to be good for us and FC Dallas is going to be good for him. A change of scenery is often a wonderful thing for any player.”
The addition of Seitz not only means that Sala’s tenure with FCD comes to an end, but it could also mean the end of the road for Josh Lambo, who the team took eighth overall in the 2008 SuperDraft.
Lambo has yet to see any action with the first team and, last season, was loaned out to USSF D-2 side Tampa Bay. He saw time in six contests with the Rowdies.
“We’ll wait and see what happens,” Gorman said. “When he came back after his loan spell and was working out with the team, the coaching staff was very impressed with him.”