The Vancouver Whitecaps faithful were relieved Tuesday morning to hear there’s nothing rotten in the state of Denmark. Or, for that matter, BC Place.
The greatest Dane not named Hamlet, David Ousted – which this helpful infographic informs us is pronounced “OH-sted” – was proudly announced by the Whitecaps brass as having signed a multi-year contract extension today.
Considering all the uncertainty that had swirled around Ousted’s contract status in the off-season, prompting worries that he might bolt for Europe in search of better money, this is a fantastic bit of news as the Major League Soccer season kickoff approaches.
“David is one of our leaders in this club and re-signing him was a top priority,” said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson. “He’s an integral part of the spine of the team, a character guy in the locker room, and since he joined us he has proven time and time again that he is one of the best, if not the best, goalkeeper in the league. We’re thrilled to have him in Vancouver for the long term.”
Ousted, by any metric, is an all-star goalkeeper in MLS even without the technical qualifier where he actually did make the 2015 All-Star team, blanking Tottenham Hotspur in the process. Take your pick of goalkeeping stats: most clean sheets in 2014 (13); tied for most clean sheets in 2015 (13); tied for second in wins in 2015 (16); MLS career GAA of 1.14, with a SV% of 0.716. Honestly, it’s a minor scandal that Ousted was only voted runner-up in 2015 Goalkeeper of the Year voting, though I think we can all figure out why (cough east coast bias cough).
“Vancouver has become a second home for my family,” Ousted said. “I am thankful to the fans and club for the commitment and support they have provided since we arrived two and half years ago. I am proud of what we have been able to accomplished and excited about what the future holds.”
In other words, Vancouver’s reputation as a stalwart defensive powerhouse will remain intact for years to come, assuming a European club doesn’t drive a dumptruck full of money up Robson Street. With Ousted in net, Kendall Waston and Tim Parker on defence and Matias Laba destroying hopes, dreams, and ankles in the midfield, all the ‘Caps have to do is figure out how to put the ball into the other team’s net.