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A Well Earned Homecoming

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It can be strongly argued as it will be here that the greatest player in American footballing history is finally coming home. Kasey Keller signed with the Seattle Sounders FC yesterday and while the club continues in USL-1 this season, Keller will play for the club next year in MLS.

Keller was a trailblazer for American footballers. From signing with Milwall in 1992 through his heroic play with Fulham to help keep the London side from being relegated just three months ago, he’s always put the best face forward for his nation. While keeping his club career going at various stops in England, Spain and Germany, Keller was always willing on a moments notice to fly thousands of miles to represent his country.

Not long ago MLS made an insulting offer to Keller to bring him back home to the US. Keller even reported that he had gotten a much better offer from the Romanian league. But now with a franchise in the Northwest and Keller at the twilight of a brilliant career, Seattle has done a great service to a legend of the game and to the league Seattle will join next year.

Welcome home to America’s stopper!

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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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5 Responses to A Well Earned Homecoming

  1. Oscar says:

    I'd have to give the nod to Friedel over Keller, mainly on back of his 2002 World Cup performance where he stopped 2 PKs. Plus, Friedel has started at bigger clubs than Keller.

    I wrote about the earlier Keller to MLS rumors here:
    http://oscarm.org/news/detail/1881-poor_kasey_k

  2. Oscar says:

    I’d have to give the nod to Friedel over Keller, mainly on back of his 2002 World Cup performance where he stopped 2 PKs. Plus, Friedel has started at bigger clubs than Keller.

    I wrote about the earlier Keller to MLS rumors here:
    http://oscarm.org/news/detail/1881-poor_kasey_keller

  3. J Harris says:

    Keller was a longer term good keeper for the national team than Friedel. However both were so good you could not lose either way!

  4. J Harris says:

    Keller was a longer term good keeper for the national team than Friedel. However both were so good you could not lose either way!

  5. sfcfan says:

    No way…. Nothing against Friedel, but, Keller was the much better keeper. When you put a 6'4 guy with that kind of athleticism in the goal, it's an amazing thing. I followed Keller since his University of Portland days, and his ability always amazed me… His achievements in Europe and the US National teams' victory over Brazil (in the Gold Cup) deserve a great deal of respect.

    Friedel and Howard are very good keepers. Keller was the most dominant for the longest period of time in a very competitive league.

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