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Ben Dragavon's MLS debut was for a hometown team

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Mark Harrison

Ben Dragavon (‘07) made his Major League Soccer debut April 11 when he took to the field for the Seattle Sounders FC.

Dragavon, a backup keeper for the MLS assigned to Seattle that week, jumped in for Sounders goalie Kasey Keller, who was ejected from the game for a red card while back-up goalie Chris Eylander was still recovering from a knee injury.

Playing before 28,746 fans at Qwest Field, Dragavon made a great save against the Kansas City Wizards, but later let through the only goal of the game.

“That second shot, I’ll be having nightmares on that one,” he told the “I’d love to have it back for sure.”

Dragavon, whose 18 shutouts at Western remains a record, loved the chance to help the Sounders’ inaugural season.

“I think it’s a little bit more special for me because I am from the area and have a lot of support around the community,” he said. “It’s been absolutely incredible.”