KENYA BROWN - Sunday, April 12, 2015
Former U.S. national team goalkeeper Kasey Keller will now be enshrined with some of the greats in American soccer.
On Wednesday, the World Cup veteran was announced as the newest member the National Soccer Hall of Fame along with coaches Sigi Schmid and Glenn "Mooch" Myernick.
"It's a great honor. You look at some of the guys that have been elected before. It's not an easy process. It's not like it's an open-door policy. It's cool to be voted in," Keller said in an interview on the U.S. Soccer website. "I really saw it firsthand when I was able to speak on (Brian) McBride's behalf of how cool it is. I don't think anybody really starts a career with that as a goal, ‘I'm going to be in the Hall of Fame,' and I'd never even really thought much about it. I'm proud and thankful for the people that helped get me to that point throughout my career - teammates, coaches, friends, family. It's kind of a culmination of what you've done and how you got there and all the people that helped you get to get to that point, so I'm thankful for that."
A native of Olympia, Washington, Keller started his professional career with English side Millwall after the 1990 World Cup. He would go on to become a popular figure of supporters at the Den during his four seasons. Some of them even named their newborn children after him.
After the Lions relegation in 1996, Keller was transferred to Leicester City who were just promoted to the English Premier League. He would win his first piece of silverware with the Foxes as they would go on to win the 1997 League Cup over Middlesbrough.
The much traveled goalkeeper would also make appearances for Rayo Vallecano, Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton, Borussia Monchengladbach, Fulham and lastly with the Seattle Sounders.
On the international scene Keller made 102 appearances for the U.S. national team and represented the side at four World Cups (1990, 1995, 2002 and 2006). He also helped the team to three CONCACAF Gold Cup titles (2002, 2005, 2007).
As for individual honors, he has been named U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year on three occasions (1997, 1999, 2005).