Goalkeeper has not been a steady position for the Chicago for the past few seasons.
First, veteran starter Sean Johnson was unseated from his starting job in 2016. He left the following offseason.
Then, Jorge Bava was signed Matt Lampson took the job in 2017, but was in and out of the lineup in the final stretch of the season.
In 2018, after Lampson departed, Richard Sanchez appeared primed to claim the job, but endured a mistake-prone season.
Next up is David Ousted. The Fire claimed the 33-year-old goalkeeper off waivers on Sunday.
Ousted was with D.C. United in 2018 and spent five seasons with Vancouver before that. The Dane made 159 MLS regular season starts for the Whitecaps before being traded to D.C. last offseason.
Ousted started 17 games for D.C., but lost his starting job when Bill Hamid re-joined United in August.
“We set out to find an experienced goalkeeper to complete our corps,” general manager Nelson Rodriguez said in the Fire’s press release.
Multiple times this offseason Rodriguez mentioned the importance of adding a veteran goalkeeper to the squad.
Sanchez and third-year goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland are already contract and figure to backup Ousted this season.
Ousted is under contract through 2019. The Fire also hold an option for 2020.
Ousted will take up an international slot on the roster. To help make room in that department, the Fire also waived Argentine defender Nicolas Del Grecco. Del Grecco signed with the Fire in July and was sent out on loan less than a month later. He made one appearance with the Fire’s USL affiliate in 2018, Tulsa, and did not play for the Fire.