Caleb Patterson-Sewell
Obscure Metro Files: Unused goalkeepers (Part 2)
November 22, 2016

Walker started 2005 injured, so Metro plucked a player off the waiver wire: rookie and Chivas USA cast-off Dan Kennedy. Kennedy backed up Wells for two games, went down to the USL and Chile, and then became a terrific keeper with the same Chivas USA, before moving to Dallas and LA. After Kennedy's departure, Metro actually signed a third goalkeeper to a first-team contract, taking Mike Ueltschey off waivers from Columbus. Baumstark returned for a brief spell as well. Of course, the most significant backstopping move of that year was the departure of Walker and the return of Meola.

Jon Conway arrived in 2006, Wells departed, and a new third-stringer was signed: Michael Behonick, last of the Charleston Battery. A year later, Ronald Waterreus replaced Meola, and Behonick was replaced by draft pick Danny Cepero, who obviously is not bolded because he would play a year later. (Hey! Thornton came back in 2008 as well! How could we forget that?) In fact, at one point in 2008, Metro had FOUR signed goalkeepers: Conway, Cepero, Caleb Patterson-Sewell, and Terry Boss. Patterson-Sewell was an American-born Australian-raised former Liverpool youth player who has since had some success in Portugal. Boss, somehow a Puerto Rico international (another theme?) and the brother of former New York Giant tight end Kevin Boss, came from the Charlotte Eagles. He wasn't released until the next season, and ended up playing one MLS game for Seattle.

In 2009, Metro signed Alec Dufty to be the third keeper, and promptly cut him a couple of days after he was forced to step in for Cepero and help shutout Houston. Conway was replaced by Bouna Coundoul, Patterson-Sewell came back on loan from the Carolina RailHawks... and those are the nicest lines we ever wrote about that year. 2010 saw the return of Sutton, and also Cepero, on loan from the Harrisburg City Islanders. (Hey, look, some of these minor league teams still exist!)

Metro used FIVE goalkeepers in 2011, with Alex Horwath and league pool call-up Chris Konopka playing one game each, and Frank Rost joining Coundoul and Sutton. Our obscure interest is with Jimmy Maurer, who was drafted in the supplemental draft, not signed, but was picked up to back up Horwath. He has since appeared on International House Hunters and the minor league NY Cosmos. We're not sure which one is more significant.

Metro started 2012 with no MLS goalkeeping experience: rookie Ryan Meara and Jeremy Vuolo, signed from Finland's AC Oulu. (Vuolo? Oulu?) Vuolo retired after the season to become a priest, quit that, played in the NASL for San Antonio, and married one of the Duggars. (That's one of 19 reality show kids. Should have stuck with priesthood.) Also arriving in 2012: Puerto Rico international Bill Gaudette! Oh, and Luis Robles... who has played every minute in league play since.

This is gonna be easy the rest of the way, right? 2013: US youth international Santiago Castano was plucked from the academy, stayed with the team for three years, got close to playing once when Robles got hurt late, and got cut after it became clear he is not MLS quality. Not content with Castano in 2013, Metro signed Kevin Hartman from Dallas to back up Robles. One of the most decorated MLS goalkeepers of all time saw action for Metro... in a friendly against Lyon. He retired after the season.

Which brings us to Kyle Reynish. Ali Curtis' first ever signing before the 2015 spent the last two years backing up Robles. He did play... in a friendly against Benfica! (Also, against Chelsea and Club America.) Hey, there's still a chance, Kyle! We might have to unbold you in the future edition of such Obscure Metro Files...

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