July 13, 2012
Red Bulls get Gaudette in a trade with LA
The Red Bulls announced on Friday that it obtained former St. John's goalkeeper Bill Gaudette from the LA Galaxy in exchange for their natural 2014 second round MLS Supplemental Draft pick.
“Bill is an experienced goalkeeper in American soccer and MLS,” Red Bulls general manager and sporting director Erik Soler said in a statement. “He will provide quality competition and guidance for our two young goalkeepers and we are excited to bring him to New York.”
The 30-year-old Gaudette appeared in three matches for the Galaxy, posting a record of 0-2-1 and a 1.33 goals-against average. Gaudette came to Los Angeles after a one-year stint with the Montreal Impact of the North American Soccer League in 2011, making nine appearances.
From 2008-2010, Gaudette played for the Puerto Rico Islanders, then of the USL First Division. He enjoyed a standout 2008 season, winning the league's goalkeeper of the year award and leading the league with 14 victories while posting 10 shutouts. Puerto Rico won its first Commissioner’s Cup for finishing first in the league standings. Gaudette was also instrumental in the Islanders' run to the 2008-09 CONCACAF Champions League semifinals. He followed up his 2008 season on the domestic front in 2009 by tying for the USL First Divison lead with 15 victories and 12 shutouts. In 2010, he backstopped the Islanders to the USSF Division 2 Professional League title.
A native of Hummelstown, Pa., Gaudette began his professional career in MLS with the Columbus Crew, who selected him in the 2005 Supplemental Draft. He appeared in 17 matches with the Crew in the 2005 and 2006 seasons, posting MLS career highs in 2006 with 11 appearances, three shutouts and a goals against of 1.18. Gaudette played collegiately at St John’s University from 2001-04, and spent time with the Brooklyn Knights of the Premier Development League.
Gaudette has earned two caps for the Puerto Rico National Team, debuting on June 1, 2012 in a 3-1 victory over Nicaragua.