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Austin signed veteran goaltender Bersano to give Brad Stuver the support he needs

Austin has a backup goaltender.

El Tri announced the signing of veteran Matt Bersano on Tuesday to provide support for starting goaltender Brad Stuver. Bersano, who turned 30 in September, spent the last six years at San Jose, being loaned out to USL affiliates for much of his first three seasons before spending the last three years with the first team.

He competed in five events in 2022, playing in all three Earthquakes US Open Cup matches and recording a shutout in a victory over Bay Cities.

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The signing of a backup goaltender became a necessity for Austin this offseason after the club refused to exercise an option on Andrew Tarbell’s contract for another year. The move came as no surprise as Tarbell made over $300,000, too much for the club to pay an underused substitute goaltender.

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El Tree signed the 31-year-old Stover to a new contract in November, keeping him in Austin for at least the 2025 season.

Bersano signed a two-year contract with the club’s option for a third.

The financial details of the deal won’t be known until the MLSPA releases an annual salary this spring, but Bersano is likely to make more than the $106,000 he made a year ago in San Jose.

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