Most teams in Major League Soccer are still looking for a number one goalkeeper, but FC Dallas says they have three.
Head coach Oscar Pareja feels safe when he looks at his goalkeeping trio. It seems as if any guy can step in and be just as good as the last one.
"Right, I think [the goalkeeping is] good," Pareja said. "The players are always in a high competition."
"Any of us can step up to a game and start it," Homegrown Jesse Gonzalez said after earning his first start last weekend.
The competition for the number one spot began in preseason between former MLS All-Star Dan Kennedy and Chris Seitz.
Seitz started the first seven matches for FCD between the pipes, earning a solid goals against average of 1.43.
Kennedy grabbed the starting spot after Seitz had given up nine goals in his last three starts, and didn’t let go. He started every regular season match for Dallas, earning a GAA of 1.19, until missing last week’s game against Vancouver due to injury.
It was Homegrown Jesse Gonzalez’s turn. The Mexican youth international stepped in against Vancouver and filled in admirably, only allowing one goal of the two shots on target.
"Always we remember that game," Pareja said. "Always we remember that moment when the opportunity came and he was there. He was ready."
Gonzalez praised the competition and support from Kennedy and Seitz.
"It’s a great goalkeeping team we have right here," Gonzalez said. "We all work hard and help each other."
The next step for the Gonzalez is building off that start and earning more minutes this season.
"That’s what I’m looking for," Gonzalez said. "You have to keep working for that to happen."
Gonzalez is hopeful of starting this weekend against Real Salt Lake, but knows anything can happen.
"Nothing is guaranteed," Gonzalez said. "You’ll never know if you’ll go out on loan. You have to just keep pushing yourself in training."