Michael Gspurning

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Michael Gspurning
Michael Gspurning Sounders FC practice.jpg
Gspurning at practice with Seattle in 2013.
Personal information
Full name Michael Gspurning
Date of birth (1981-05-02) May 2, 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Graz, Austria
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Austria Wien
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Austria Wien 0 (0)
2001–2004 DSV Leoben 62 (0)
2004–2006 ASKÖ Pasching 7 (0)
2007–2012 Skoda Xanthi 111 (0)
2012–2013 Seattle Sounders 49 (0)
2014 PAOK 1 (0)
2014 Platanias 0 (0)
National team
2008–2009 Austria 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 28, 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 25, 2012

Michael Gspurning (German pronunciation: [ ˈkʃpʊʁnɪŋ], born 2 May 1981) is an Austrian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper who plays for Platanias. Born in the city of Graz in southeast Austria, Gspurning has been called up to the Austrian national team 3 times, including 2 World Cup qualifying matches. Gspurning began his career at Austria Wien in the Austrian Bundesliga and moved to DSV Leoben after not appearing for the senior team. He played for 3 seasons at Leoben in the third-tier Regionalliga Mitte before moving to ASKÖ Pasching in the Bundesliga in 2004. He played 7 total games and was a substitute in UEFA Cup matches before moving to Skoda Xanthi of Superleague Greece, where he played for 5 seasons. Gspurning was signed by the Sounders FC in December 2011 and was their primary goalkeeper for two seasons, having the third-lowest GAA of all MLS goalkeepers in his debut season.

Club career[edit]

Youth at Austria Wien and DSV Leoben[edit]

Michael Gspurning was born in Graz and began his career at age 19 after being part of the youth squads of Austria Wien by being promoted to the senior team in 2000, but did not make an official appearance for the senior team.[1] He joined third-tier Regionalliga Mitte club DSV Leoben in 2001 and became a regular starter for Leoben and appeared in 62 league matches over 3 seasons.[1]

ASKÖ Pasching[edit]

Gspurning joined ASKÖ Pasching in 2004 and was a back-up behind Josef Schicklgruber, in the league with only 7 appearances over 3 seasons.[1] He was unused in the 2004–05 UEFA Cup as Pasching lost on away goals to Zenit St. Petersburg after a 3–3 aggregate score in the second qualifying round.[2][3] During the 2005–06 UEFA Cup, Pasching lost on away goals to Zenit after a 3–3 aggregate score for the second consecutive year in the second qualifying round.[4][5] Gspurning was on the bench as the club qualified for the first round, but lost 3–0 to Livorno.[6][7]

Skoda Xanthi[edit]

Gspurning left Austria and signed with Skoda Xanthi in 2007, competing with Croatian goalkeeper Ivan Turina. He made his debut in a 3–0 loss to Iraklis Thessaloniki on November 25, 2007.[8] Gspurning played four seasons with Skoda Xanthi and appeared in 89 league matches before leaving the club in 2011.[1]

Seattle Sounders FC[edit]

Gspurning joined Major League Soccer club Seattle Sounders FC on December 7, 2011 as a free agent to become their starting goalkeeper, replacing retired American veteran Kasey Keller,[1][9][10] having been targeted since October by General Manager Adrian Hanauer.[11] He joined the training camp for his new club in Arizona on January 30.[12] Gspurning made his Seattle debut during 2–1 win over Santos Laguna in a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal fixture on March 8, 2012, having been delayed by an accident causing traffic.[13] During the return leg on March 15, the Sounders lost 6–1 and were eliminated from the Champions League on a 3–7 aggregate score.[14] Gspurning made his MLS league debut on March 17 in a 3–1 win over Toronto, conceding a strike from Ryan Johnson that would later win MLS Goal of the Week.[15][16] The Sounders won 2–0 over Houston Dynamo the following week and gave Gspurning his first MLS career shutout.[17] Gspurning was substituted at halftime of a May 2 game against the Los Angeles Galaxy because of an injury to his right hip.[18] He was replaced by Bryan Meredith as the Sounders went on to win 2–0.[19]

Gspurning returned on June 6, after missing 6 MLS games and being replaced by Meredith and Andrew Weber.[20] He trained through mid-July to return and started in goal during a 2–1 win over the Colorado Rapids on July 28.[21][22] Gspurning earned his first shutout since his injury against the Los Angeles Galaxy in a 4–0 win in August,[23] lost in the U.S. Open Cup Final against Sporting Kansas City in a penalty shootout, having his save on Paulo Nagamura re-taken after a 1–1 draw.[24] Gspurning played 2 matches in the 2012–13 Champions League, winning 3–1 over Caledonia AIA in Trinidad and Tobago in late August,[25] and winning 3–2 over Honduran club Marathón after earning a yellow card and conceding 4 penalties over the 2 games.[26] He earned an assist on Fredy Montero's goal against the Portland Timbers on September 15 off of a punt,[27] and later started all four MLS Cup Playoffs games for the Sounders before they were eliminated in the Conference Finals by the LA Galaxy.[28] Gspurning finished 2012 with 21 regular season games, conceding 15 goals for a 0.73 GAA, the third lowest in MLS history.[29][30]

In 2013 season, Gspurning continued to be the club's first-choice goalkeeper at the start of the season, making three consecutive clean sheets against Chivas USA, the New England Revolution and the Colorado Rapids. However on July 14, Gspurning injured his arm in a match against the San Jose Earthquakes after Steven Lenhart caught him with a late challenge, and was substituted as Seattle lost 1-0.[31]

After missing three weeks, he made his return to training and stated the collision could have been "avoidable", although he refused to blame Lenhart.[32] After being on the bench against Toronto two days earlier, Gspurning made his return in goal on August 17, as Seattle lost 3-1 to the Houston Dynamo.[33]

After conceding nine goals in two matches in early October, Gspurning was dropped for two matches in favour of Marcus Hahnemann.[34] In the last game of the season, Gspurning made his return in a 1-1 draw against the Los Angeles Galaxy.[35]

In the MLS Cup Playoffs, Gspurning featured in the first four matches, until he was sent off late in the West Conference Knockout round, in a 2-0 win over Colorado Rapids. The club were eliminated from the MLS playoffs in the next round after failing to win either leg, losing 2-1 and 3-2 respectively, against the Portland Timbers. Gspurning was suspended for the first leg of the series, but returned for the second.

At the conclusion of 2013 season, the club declined options to re-sign Gspurning, marking the end of his time with the club.[36]

PAOK[edit]

After leaving Seattle Sounders, Gspurning moved back to Greece by joining PAOK on a six-month deal with an option for a two-year extension.[37] However, Gspurning career in Greece wasn't off with a good start when he was a second choice goalkeeper behind Panagiotis Glykos and made one appearance on the last game of the season against Levadiakos, which they lost 3-2.[38] Just only one appearance, Gspurning left PAOK after the club decided not extend his contract.[39]

International career[edit]

Gspurning made his international debut for the Austrian national football team at the age of 27 in a friendly match against Turkey on November 19, 2008, playing 90 minutes in a 4–2 defeat at Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna.[40] Gspurning played his first World Cup qualifier against Romania on April 1, 2009 in a 2–1 victory in Klagenfurt.[41][42] He played his most recent game against Serbia on June 6, 2009 in a 1–0 loss in Belgrade.[41][43] Gspurning has not received a call from the Austrian national team since 2009.[44]

Style of play[edit]

Sounder at Heart described Gspurning as "He's big, he's tall, he's nothing else like the man he replaced."[45]

Personal life[edit]

Gspurning is married and lives with his wife, young daughter, and new born son.[44] He speaks German, English, and Greek from playing in various leagues.[1] He was described as easygoing and a "jokester" by back-up goalkeeper Bryan Meredith and was eager to join the Seattle Sounders.[46] He earned the nickname "Cerberus" during his time at Greek club Skoda Xanthi,[47]

Media career[edit]

After his contract with PAOK expired in August 2014 and he became a free agent, Gspurning returned to Austria. He almost immediately picked up work as an expert analyst and pundit for TV channels Sky Austria and Servus TV, commentating on the Austrian Bundesliga and the International Champions Cup as well as the Supercopa de España respectively.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of April 13, 2014.[28][29][48]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Austria League Austrian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2000–01 Austria Wien Austrian Bundesliga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001–02 DSV Leoben Regionalliga Mitte 13 0 0 0 13 0
2002–03 19 0 0 0 19 0
2003–04 30 0 0 0 30 0
2004–05 ASKÖ Pasching Austrian Bundesliga 5 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2005–06 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2006–07 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Greece League Greek Cup League Cup Europe Total
2007–08 Skoda Xanthi Superleague Greece 15 0 4 0 19 0
2008–09 26 0 4 0 30 0
2009–10 29 0 8 0 37 0
2010–11 20 0 1 0 21 0
2011–12 21 0 0 0 21 0
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2012 Seattle Sounders FC Major League Soccer 21 0 1 0 4 0 4 0 30 0
2013 28 0 0 0 2 0 5 0 35 0
2013–14 PAOK FC Superleague Greece 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total Austria 69 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 69 0
Greece 112 0 17 0 0 0 0 0 129 0
USA 49 0 1 0 6 0 9 0 65 0
Career total 230 0 18 0 6 0 9 0 263 0

International[edit]

As of June 6, 2009.[40][41]

International appearances[edit]

Team Year Apps Goals
Austria
2008 1 0
2009 2 0
Total 3 0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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