Whitecaps lock in goalkeeper David Ousted with long-term deal

 

 
 
 
 
The Vancouver Whitecaps announced a pair of moves Tuesday, re-signing goalkeeper David Ousted (right) and confirming they have obtained striker Blas Perez (left) from FC Dallas in exchange for midfielder Mauro Rosales.
 

The Vancouver Whitecaps announced a pair of moves Tuesday, re-signing goalkeeper David Ousted (right) and confirming they have obtained striker Blas Perez (left) from FC Dallas in exchange for midfielder Mauro Rosales.

Photograph by: Darryll Dyck, The Canadian Press

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VANCOUVER — David Ousted says his dream to play goalkeeper in a top European soccer league won't be abandoned. It is what drives him at age 31 to continue to work on his craft and to improve his game.

But for the sake of his family and because of a belief in what Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson is building in Vancouver, Ousted will put fulfilling that ambition on the back burner for at least another two years.

The accomplished Danish shot-stopper has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Caps after considering some European options over the off-season.

Terms of the deal were not announced, but it's believed Ousted, who earned $302,570 (all figures in U.S. dollars) in 2015, could be the highest-paid goalkeeper in Major League Soccer in 2016, moving ahead of DC United's Bill Hamid ($405,000 in 2015) and Real Salt Lake's Nick Rimando ($370,000).

"There was a bunch of things," the just-turned 31-year-old said of his decision to re-sign with the Caps, whom he joined midway through the 2013 season. "First and foremost, I think this club is moving forward. The years to come could be very exciting for this club.

"I had a good talk with (Robinson) and saw the visions he has for this club and I want to be a part of it."

Ousted also said his family is very settled in Vancouver.

"My wife was very adamant that she'd like to stay," Ousted told TSN 1040 Radio, adding that on the flight back to Vancouver from an off-season visit back to his home country, his young daughter looked out the window and said in Danish that "that's our city."

"That, as a father, it strikes you how much your family is very happy where they are. And that makes you happy and perform even better."

Ousted, who stopped two penalties in one game last season against the New York Red Bulls, has been at the top of his game for the last two seasons as the Caps have put up one of the best defensive records in MLS. Over that span, the 6-4 Ousted has posted 26 shutouts, seven more than any other 'keeper in the league.

He was second in voting last season for MLS goalkeeper of the year.

"He's an integral part of the spine of the team, a character guy in the locker-room, and since he joined us he has proven time and time again that he is one of the best, if not the best goalkeeper in the league," Robinson said in a release.

On a club full of young players, Ousted has been one of the most vocal leaders. He wore the captain's armband for several games last season while midfielder Pedro Morales was sidelined by injury.

While he will be a Cap at least through the 2017 season, Ousted says he believes he's got plenty of good years left and won't rule out testing himself in Europe at some point.

"I will always say that as long as I'm here, my goal and my ambitions are still to go and tap into one of the big leagues in Europe. The day I don't have that ambition is the day that the Whitecaps won't have any use for me anymore."

CORNER KICKS: The Caps also confirmed on Tuesday that Panamanian international striker Blas Perez has signed a one-year deal after being acquired from FC Dallas in exchange for midfielder Mauro Rosales. Perez, 34, scored 36 goals in 97 regular-season games with Dallas.

gkingston@vancouversun.com

 
 
 
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The Vancouver Whitecaps announced a pair of moves Tuesday, re-signing goalkeeper David Ousted (right) and confirming they have obtained striker Blas Perez (left) from FC Dallas in exchange for midfielder Mauro Rosales.
 

The Vancouver Whitecaps announced a pair of moves Tuesday, re-signing goalkeeper David Ousted (right) and confirming they have obtained striker Blas Perez (left) from FC Dallas in exchange for midfielder Mauro Rosales.

Photograph by: Darryll Dyck, The Canadian Press

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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