Jake Gleeson's career with the Portland Timbers got off to a surprising and impressive start in the team's inaugural season, but Gleeson hasn't made it back into the first team since those early games in 2011.
2012 Rank: 22
Sitting at third on the keeper depth chart behind Donovan Ricketts and Milos Kocic, Gleeson made no appearances in league or U.S. Open Cup play. Nearly all of his playing time in 2013 came with the Timbers Reserves. He was the starting goalkeeper in six reserve games and played in nine. Gleeson's only other appearance was in the Timbers' mid-season friendly with Norwich City FC, when came in at the half and played 45 minutes, helping the Timbers hang on to a 1-0 victory over the English side.
The Timbers announced in a press release today that they picked up Gleeson's option for 2014, but at the moment it's hard to see him having a huge role next season. Though Kocic is out of contract, the Timbers have made him an offer for next season. If he accepts, Gleeson will likely stay where he is on the depth chart. On top of that, he may have David Meves nipping at his heels. Meves, a former Akron Zip, spent most of the 2013 season training with the Timbers and may be their new "goalkeeper of the future," a spot that once looked like it would surely belong to Gleeson.