get a toe-hold on the suckhole that is Philly sports.
And I suspect he'll still play quite a bit this year. The emergence of Roldan, partnered with Ozzie, makes a 4-2-3-1 an attractive set up for the Sounders, and that leaves Shipp (and Fernandez) out of the line-up unless one of the front four are injured or unavailable due to national duty.
It seems that while the US field players are improving we're on the verge of falling off the cliff in goalkeeping when Tim Howard finally retires (and his skills seem to be declining). We've had a long period when Keller, Friedel, and Howard were comparable to the world's best; but Guzan and Rimondo seem at least a cut below that standard (reminiscent of UK goalkeeping after David Seaman). Good that you think a younger guy might be ready.
His goals against in Kansas City are:
He certainly doesn't look like Friedel or Keller, but we'll see how his numbers pan out this season. The other name being discussed is Seattle GK and recent US citizen Stefan Frei. He has more game experience with comparable numbers to Melia before this season.
I'll take them both over Howard and Rimando. I need to see Guzan play some games with Atlanta this summer. Bill Hamid and Sean Johnson have shown flashes of brilliance and look more like the tall lanky keepers that from central casting, but Hamid gets hurt all of the time and Johnson just got traded, so his old team found him expendable.