Here's a bit of news we didn't get to with the hubbub of the start of the season: Chivas USA filled out their goalkeeper corps by signing trialist Trevor Spangenberg, the club announced Sunday. Spangenberg, 22, played collegiately at Missouri State University prior to joining the Goats.
Named to the Missouri Valley Conference's All-Conference First Team in 2013, Spangenberg helped lead the Bears to the Conference title last season. After going undrafted in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, he joined Chivas' training camp as a trialist midway through the preseason, and beat out fellow trialist Larry Jackson for a contract.
Though he is the third goalkeeper, he was pressed into duty right away, in a sense, as he backed up Dan Kennedy on Sunday in the season opener against the Chicago Fire. Apparently, incumbent back-up Tim Melia had a nagging injury and could not be risked on the bench that day.
As we saw last season, there's always a chance that the third string 'keeper can see action with the first team, if the other two are injured and/or suspended. But presumably Spangenberg will see most, if not all of his action in training and the reserves in 2014.
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