Red Bulls Acquire Goalkeeper Bill Gaudette
HARRISON, NJ (July 13, 2012) – The New York Red Bulls announced today that it has acquired goalkeeper Bill Gaudette from the LA Galaxy in exchange for New York’s natural 2014 second round MLS Supplemental Draft pick.
“Bill is an experienced goalkeeper in American soccer and MLS,” said Red Bulls General Manager and Sporting Director Erik Soler. “He will provide quality competition and guidance for our two young goalkeepers and we are excited to bring him to New York.”
Gaudette, 30, most recently was a member of the LA Galaxy, joining the team for the 2012 season. He appeared in three matches for the Galaxy, posting a record of 0-2-1 and a goals against average of 1.33. Gaudette came to Los Angeles after a one-year stint with the Montreal Impact of the North American Soccer League in 2011. He made nine appearances for the Canadian club.
From 2008-2010, Gaudette played for the Puerto Rico Islanders, then of the USL First Division. He had a standout first season in 2008, winning the USL First Division’s Goalkeeper of the Year award, leading the league with 14 victories while posting 10 shutouts. That season, Puerto Rico won its first ever Commissioner’s Cup for finishing first in the league standings. Gaudette was also instrumental for the Islanders in their run to the 2008-09 CONCACAF Champions League semifinals. He followed up his solid 2008 season on the domestic front in 2009 by tying for the USL First Divison lead with 15 victories and 12 shutouts. In 2010, he backstopped the Islanders to the USSF Division 2 Professional League title.
A native of Hummelstown, PA, Gaudette began his professional career in MLS with the Columbus Crew, who selected him in the 2005 Supplemental Draft. He appeared in 17 matches with the Crew in the 2005 and 2006 seasons, posting MLS career highs in 2006 with 11 appearances, three shutouts and a goals against of 1.18. Gaudette played collegiately at St John’s University from 2001-2004, and spent time with the Brooklyn of the USL Premier Development League before coming to MLS. On the international level, the 30-year-old has earned two caps for the Puerto Rico National Team, debuting on June 1, 2012 in a 3-1 win over Nicaragua.
Weight: 205 pounds
Day of Birth: Sept. 14, 1981 in Hummelstown, PA
Hometown: Hummelstown, PA
College: St. John’s University
How Acquired: Acquired on July 13, 2012 from the LA Galaxy in exchange for New York’s natural 2014 second round MLS Supplemental Draft Pick.