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UConn In MLS: Josh Ford Posts Second Half Clean Sheet Against European Champions

Has Seattle found its future keeper?
UConn Huskie's mascot with both arms up.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 03: Jonathan the Husky, mascot for the Connecticut Huskies, performs against the Oregon State Beavers in the second quarter during the semifinals of the 2016 NCAA Women's Final Four Basketball Championship at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 3, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

MLS giants Seattle Sounders FC lost to English Premier League side and 2012 UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea FC 4-2 on Wednesday in front of over 53,000 people in Seattle.

However, all four goals came in the first half, when Seattle's current starting keeper Bryan Meredith was in the net. After two quick goals for Chelsea, Seattle's Fredy Montero equalized, but Chelsea got two more easy goals before half.

At that point, Sigi Schmid called upon UConn's career leader in nearly every goalkeeping category. Josh Ford, a Supplemental Draft pick in 2011, was making his first big appearance for Seattle. Injuries kept him out for large parts of 2011 and 2012, but he now sits second to Meredith in the pecking order.

Ford came in and had to deal with a great deal of pressure as Chelsea tried to turn on the style, but the champions sent most of their shots over the bar. Ford did provide a lot of disturbance for the Blues' attack and ended up being forced into one save.

Ford looked poised and confident in his 45 minutes and there should be no doubts that when the time comes, he will be ready to go the full 90 for the Sounders.