Bye Bye Kasey
I say or will he, as Keller has not ruled out a return and according to the Seattle Times, “Much like his status has been with the U.S. men’s national team, Keller would take the Sounders‘ call if needed in an emergency.
Measures, however, would have to be drastic.”
The team has already eclipsed 60,000 in ticket sales for the regular-season finale and the Sounders have already set the MLS attendance record for the 3rd straight season.
This Saturday’s match will be the highest attendance for a match in the MLS since the 2007 season.
Even though there have already been 60,000 tickets sold they are still available.
Keller has enjoyed a lot of success with the Sounders, as well as in his long career, and this season he is one of the main reasons Seattle is a legit contender to win their first MLS title.
After his international career Keller signed with Seattle and was the starting G for the team’s first ever match and he kept a clean sheet, as the Sounders won 3-0. He went onto have a clean sheet in his next 3 starts for the club and in that span set the MLS record for most minutes without allowing a goal to start a season. In the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
Keller led the Seattle Sounders to the Conference Semifinals and has led Seattle to the US Open Cup title 3 straight seasons (2009-2011).
Keller has showed no signs of slowing down this season, as he leads the MLS with 16 wins, has one of the best save percentages in the league (75.6%), ranks 2nd with a goals against average of 1.09, and his 102 saves on the season is the most of any keeper that is on a team heading to the playoffs. Yeah, he will be missed between the pipes.
Keller has had a great career and in an interesting tid-bit he is the first U.S. goalie that was a regular in the German Bundesliga, English Premier League, and the Spanish La Liga.
He played in the World Cup for the United States 4 times and was the Western Soccer League MVP in 1989, was the Honda Player of the Year twice (1999 and 2005), and U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year 3 times (1997, 1999, and 2005).
In, perhaps, Keller’s most famous match he held Brazil and their dynamic offense scoreless in 1998 and made many point blank stops in America’s 1-0 win.
Brazilian soccer great Romário stated about the match, “That is the best performance by a goalkeeper I have ever seen.”
Keller is retiring, probably, but hopefully he still has some great matches left in him so the Sounders and their fans, which are the best in the MLS, can celebrate their first MLS title.