The Vancouver Whitecaps held their year-end media session on Tuesday; one last chance to chat with players before they depart for the off-season. For some players, this was the last time we would be talking to them as Vancouver Whitecaps players. Although it was speculated prior, yesterday David Ousted confirmed to AFTN’s Michael McColl that he would not be back next season.
The decision was made back in June, when management informed him that he would have to take a pay cut in order to remain with the club. Based on his performances, he rightfully decided not to take a pay cut. Enter Stefan Marinovic.
In four and a half seasons, the 32-year-old David Ousted made 142 regular season and 2 post season appearances. He played 12,893 minutes, with a record of 55 wins, 50 losses, and 38 draws, including 42 clean sheets.
There is speculation that Ousted will return to Europe, however, he noted that he would not be opposed to staying in Major League Soccer. If he chooses to remain in MLS he could have plenty of suitors as he is a very capable keeper. However, like with the Whitecaps, what might be the stumbling block for most teams is his salary. In 2017, Ousted made $378,933. Where we might see Ousted though is with the expansion LAFC, who will receive a LOT of additional TAM.
Ousted stabilized the keeper position in Vancouver and was co-Captain last season. In playing nearly every minute between the pipes for three and a half years, Ousted provided many memorable moments. One that may stand out for many fans was his two penalty kick (pk) saves against NYRB’s Bradley Wright Phillips. Since entering MLS in 2013, Ousted six pk saves trails only Nick Rimando and Luis Robles. Of those six saves, three have come against the Red Bulls
David Ousted was an important part of the Whitecaps organization for nearly five years and was a leader on and off the field. He never shied away from the media, whether he had a good or bad game, and you could always count on him to give his honest thoughts. He was a pleasure to have in Vancouver, gave his all for the club, and worked hard to engage with supporters. He is now the standard to meet for future keepers at the club. It will be a tough task for Marinovic to meet, but I have confidence in his ability.
What are your thoughts as we say goodbye to Ousted? What are some of your favourite memories?