Chat with Pat Onstad
Welcome to SportsNation! On Tuesday, Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Pat Onstad will stop by to chat about ESPN's MLS Game of the Week between Toronto and Houston.
Onstad is an original Dynamo player and one of the best goalkeepers in league history. With a goals against average of 1.07, Pat is the All-time leader in MLS history.
In 2003 and 2005, Onstad was honored as Major League Soccer's Goalkeeper of the Year and was a part of the Major League Soccer Best XI.
Send your questions now and join Onstad to chat Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET!
Tune in Saturday, July 18 at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN2 for the Dynamo at Toronto FC.
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Buzzmaster (3:04 PM)
Pat will be here shortly.
Pat Onstad (3:07 PM)
Hello welcome to ESPN's Soccernet chat.
how do u like playing for the Dynamo?
Pat Onstad (3:08 PM)
It's a little warm but I enjoy because we have a great team. Overall it's been an enjoyable experience.
Dynamo Boy (H-town)
If you could face Penalty Kicks against any player in the world who would it be and why?
Pat Onstad (3:11 PM)
Ronaldinho or Cristiano Ronaldo. That's because I know I would be playing at such a high level. In MLS I will go with Landon Donovan and Jaime Moreno because they are so successful with penalty kicks.
Adam (Pearland, TX)
At age 41 and still the best 'keeper in MLS, how many more seasons do you feel you have in you?
Pat Onstad (3:12 PM)
At 41, I think I have nine seasons left. I would like to play until I'm 50.
Pat Onstad (3:12 PM)
Thank you neighbor for the great question!
Heather (Louisville, KY)
Pat, what is your favourite save that you've made??
Pat Onstad (3:13 PM)
My favorite save would have to be the MLS Cup save in 2006 on Jay Heaps.
What is the key to your success this season?
Pat Onstad (3:14 PM)
From a team stand point, I think we have a great team and coaching staff and that's why I think we have done so well so far.
Chet T. (Alpena, MI)
I know that NFL players are always playing Madden. Do soccer players play FIFA at all?
Pat Onstad (3:16 PM)
You're asking a 41-year-old if I play video games. I'm more caught up in Dora the Explorer in my house. But I'm sure that players do play FIFA but not as much as NFL players play Madden.
Pat, how has Stuart Holden developed in the four years the two of you have played together?
Pat Onstad (3:17 PM)
Stuart still acts like a little boy but his game has matured over the years and the sky is the limit for his game.
Who is the toughest goal scorer to read in MLS?
Pat Onstad (3:18 PM)
For me it's Landon Donovan because I've played against him so many times. He's the best player in MLS and has been for quit some time.
jp manahan (philippines)
who did you idolize growing up?
Pat Onstad (3:20 PM)
Growing up I was a big Vancouver Whitecaps fan and their goalkeeper was Bruce Grobbelaar and that's who I idolized growing up.
Binni (Ruston, LA)
What do you think of Canada's chances of winning the Gold Cup?
Pat Onstad (3:21 PM)
It would be difficult but they have done it before in 2000. With the group of guys that they have, they can win it all again.
Zach (New Haven, CT)
Although this is an out-of-conference game, you and Toronto are two of the top teams in MLS. Do you see this game as a battle for MLS top spot?
Pat Onstad (3:22 PM)
Not really. I think you could have argued that last week in Chicago. I think this game is important for us to try and get back on a winning note.
why is it that soccer isnt as popular in the usa as in other countries?
Pat Onstad (3:24 PM)
I think there are more sporting options in this country. Secondly, soccer is the number one sport played by young kids oversees much like basketball, baseball, and football is in the USA.
Pat, Did you play any other sports growing up?
Pat Onstad (3:25 PM)
Yes, I played baseball, basketball and ice hockey. My favorite was hockey but unfortunately I wasn't good enough.
what do you think of the Confederations Cup, how well did usa play
Pat Onstad (3:26 PM)
I thought the US team was fantastic in that tournament. I was shocked of the criticism that Bob Bradley gave them. They didn't deserve that.
What can MLS do to help foster the development of rivalries, similar to other American sports or soccer abroad?
Pat Onstad (3:27 PM)
The biggest reason rivalries are big in other sports is because of media coverage. If MLS gets more coverage then the rivalries will become more known.
Describe your diet and fitness regime that has allowed you to continue your career this long.
Pat Onstad (3:29 PM)
I would say this year out of all years has been my strictest. I started cutting out starchy carbs. During the season I try hit the gym a couple of times a week and I also jumped on the yoga bandwagon to try and stay flexible.
Pat Onstad (3:30 PM)
Thank you for your support of soccer in the US and Canada. Continue to support your local MLS team!