Anchorage’s Hunter Sulte makes MLS debut with Portland Timbers

Published: May. 2, 2021 at 12:24 AM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Anchorage goalkeeper Hunter Sulte became the second Alaskan ever to play Major League Soccer after his debut with the Portland Timbers against FC Dallas on Saturday.

The Timbers lost 4-1, but Sulte left his mark becoming the tallest goalkeeper in Major League Soccer history at 6′7″ along with being the second-youngest goalkeeper to ever start in the professional soccer league at 19-years-old and six days.

“I was looking around like this is real,” Sulte said after the game. “I just have to stay focused and prove that I deserve to be here and I’ve been working my whole life to be here, that was my main thought.”

With a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal against Club America on Wednesday the Timbers wanted to give their starting goalie Jeff Attinella a break opening the door for Sulte. The Anchorage goalkeeper signed with the Timbers in November and expected to be loaned out for the 2021 season.

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