Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 1/26/12
He's 6 foot 5. He can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Literally.

He's up for the challenge of the MLS.

The MLS has impressed Gspurning, who played the past five seasons for Skoda Xanthi in Greece.

He knows he is replacing the retired Kasey Keller, who is a LEGEND in the northwest.

He knows the expectations of him will weigh heavily.

Quote: "I'll be different," says Austrian Michael Gspurning of taking over for Kasey Keller in goal for Sounders FC, "but I will help the team in my way." Only time will tell I guess.

The Sounders don't play their first game for another 6 weeks, and until then it'll be hard to judge Gspurning.

Team officials think they have their guy and like what they've seen so far.

The 30-year-old has unique physical tools, a wicked personality and a drive that will serve him well.

Quote: "I am not a rookie, so I can handle the situation," said Gspurning, who has played professionally in Europe since 2000.
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