March 4, 2012 in Sports

Sounders sign reality TV contestant Weber

Joshua Mayers Seattle Times

The Seattle Sounders announced another roster addition Friday in the signing of veteran goalkeeper – and reality television contestant – Andrew Weber.

Weber has been with Seattle since the start of training camp and is in contention to be the team’s backup behind starter Michael Gspurning. The 28-year-old is also known for being on the current season of the CBS series “The Amazing Race.”

That provided for a unique introduction to the Sounders.

While in Florida a couple of weeks ago, the team watched the season’s first episode as a group. Weber has advanced through the first two stages of the show – which was filmed in the offseason, but airs Sunday nights – with his twin brother, Elliot.

“The guys crack on me a bunch about it, but it’s nothing really big,” Weber said. “It was fun, it was a good time, but my main focus is here with the Sounders.”

Weber spent the past three seasons with San Jose, but also has experience with D.C. United and the Montreal Impact, then a USL First Division team.

The Sounders have four goalkeepers under contract, which will be more than most MLS teams. Bryan Meredith also is in contention to be the backup, while Josh Ford is likely out at least another month with a knee injury.

“It’s going to provide a great deal of competition,” general manager Adrian Hanauer said. “Optimally, we probably would’ve ended up with three, but Josh’s injury sort of forced our hand a little bit.”

Weber has the most MLS experience of the group as he enters his fifth year in the league.

Rosales joins ranks of team’s DPs

Midfielder Mauro Rosales will be the Sounders’ third designated player this season, Hanauer confirmed.

Rosales joins forward Fredy Montero and midfielder Alvaro Fernandez as DPs – highly paid players who count just $350,000 against the team’s $2.81 million salary cap.

Rosales signed with the Sounders last season as a minimum-salary player, but earned a big raise with his stellar performance, setting a team record for assists in a season (13). The 31-year-old Argentine was also named 2011 MLS Newcomer of the Year.

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