Former Player Profile: Chris Seitz

Posted on 07 March 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Position: Goalkeeper

Born: March 12, 1987

Hometown: San Luis Obispo, California

Height: 6′3″

Weight: 236

Previous Clubs: Real Salt Lake, Philadelphia Union

College: University of Maryland

Salary: $100,000 (2010)

How acquired (Union): Acquired by trade, allocation money to Real Salt Lake on November 25, 2009 (reportedly $200k)

Selected in the first round (4th overall) of the 2007 MLS SuperDraft by Real Salt Lake

Where is he now?: Selected in the inaugural 2010 Re-Entry Draft by the Seattle Sounders. Promptly traded to FC Dallas.


2010 with Philadelphia: 23 games, 5-12-6 as a starter, 1.80 Goals Against Average

2005-2006 with the University of Maryland: Combined 28-5-3 record with 16 of those 36 games as shutouts, averaged less than 0.75 goals against per game

International: Capped at various levels of the US Youth National Teams, backed Brad Guzan up at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, starting keeper at the U-20 World Cup in Canada

Media Scouting Report

“A big, aggressive goalkeeper who commands the attention of opposing players when they enter into his area, Seitz earned his status as the top choice goalkeeper for the U-23s through hard work and leadership on the field” –

“A good goalkeeper, which Chris Seitz is, will keep you in the game, will win games for you. This time he kept us in the game and got us the point. He was pretty huge for us today” – Thomas Rongen, US U-20 Head Coach, 2007

“Additionally, I’m very familiar with Seitz and I think he’s going to be special (though he needs to work on his foot work)” – Joe Mauceri, Pro Player Pipeline

Did you know?

Philadelphia Union Goalkeeping Coach Rob Vartughian coached Seitz at the University of Maryland as well as with Coach Piotr Nowak’s Olympic squad.

When Seitz and Maryland won the College Cup in 2005, he was the first freshman to lead his team to the Championship since Brad Friedel did it in 1990.

Is the second-highest goalkeeper taken in the MLS Superdraft at 4th. Only Brad Guzan, who know plies his trade with Aston Villa in the EPL, was taken earlier (2nd).

Was named Gatorade’s High School Player of the Year in 2004.

His college teammates include (and it’s an impressive list) – Glasgow Rangers’ Maurice Edu, Columbus’ Jason Garey and Robbie Rogers, Los Angeles’ A.J. DeLaGarza and Omar Gonzalez, Kansas City’s Graham Zusi, D.C.’s Marc Burch, RBNY’s Jeremy Hall and Seattle’s Stephen King. Not bad.

Has played on loan on several occasions for the Cleveland City Stars and Portland Timbers.

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  1. 2010 Philadelphia Union Season Preview: Are you ready for the ride? | American Soccer News Says:

    […] Chris Seitz (GK) -Chris Seitz is essentially going to learn on the job. He has shown well in the preseason but being so young, we should expect some positioning or decision-making problems early on b. At worst, if the team falters on the pitch, Seitz could wind up being the Brad Guzan of early Chivas USA years. With this defense, however, I wouldn’t expect that. His communication is fantastic for such a young keeper (as has been confirmed on several interviews) and Califf isn’t exactly shy either. […]

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