Kasey Keller

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Kasey Keller is an American goalkeeper who was born in Olympia, Washington on November 29th 1969. In 1988 Keller began playing college soccer at the University of Portland, helping the team to the NCAA final four in his freshman year. During the 1989 off season he also played for Western Soccer Alliance outfit Portland Timbers. Keller made his international debut on February 4th 1990 against Colombia, and was also involved in USA's 1990 World Cup squad. In 1991 he was named Adidas goalkeeper of the year.

In 1992 Keller joined Millwall. He missed only a handful of matches over the next four years for the Division One club. Keller picked up a player of the year award in his first season at the Den and performed consistently well until the Lions were relegated to the third tier in 1996.

In August 1996 Keller signed for freshly promoted Premiership outfit Leicester, who were managed by Martin O'Neill. The American made his debut in a 0-0 draw against Sunderland on August 17th, and quickly became a fans favourite at Filbert Street. He helped the Foxes to a 9th place Premiership finish also picked up a Coca Cola Cup winners medal in his first campaign at the club. Keller played in another League Cup final for Leicester in 1999, but this time ended up on the losing side.

In the summer of 1999 Keller made the surprise move to Rayo Vallecano, who had just won promotion to the Spanish top flight. He helped the club to a 9th place finish in their first season back in La Liga, just as he did with Leicester in the Premiership.

In August 2001 Keller joined Tottenham, initially as backup to Neil Sullivan. He made his Spurs debut in a League Cup tie against Torquay on 13th September 2001. Keller helped the USA to a CONCACAF Gold Cup win in 2002. He picked up the same trophy a further two times in 2005 and 2007. Keller's impressive international form earned him a regular role as Tottenham's number one in 2002. His performances at White Hart Lane were hit and miss. In 2004 he returned to the bench as Spurs brought in Paul Robinson from Leeds.

In November 2004 Keller joined Southampton on an emergency loan deal, with first choice keepers Antti Niemi and Paul Smith out injured. He was thrown into the deep end straight away, making his debut in a South Coast Derby against Portsmouth on November 13th. Keller bounced back from conceding an early goal and performed heroically, keeping out a number of late Pompey chances in a 2-1 win for Saints. The former Leicester stopper kept goal for another three matches, and did reasonably well before returning to Tottenham.

In January 2005 Keller joined Borussia Monchengladbach on a free transfer. He helped the Foals narrowly avoid relegation that year, and went on to become captain. Keller was involved in his fourth World Cup squad in 2006. He left Monchengladbach in 2007 after the club dropped out of the top flight.

Keller joined Fulham in the summer of 2007. That same year he made his final appearance for the US national team. He won 106 caps over a 17 year period. Keller received plenty of playing time during 2007/08 at Craven Cottage, with first choice keeper Antti Niemi often falling victim to injury. He helped the London club survive in the Premier League after a good late run.

In August 2008 Keller signed for MLS franchise Seattle Sounders. He immediately became the clubs number one goalkeeper and generally performed well before retiring from the game in 2011. Since hanging up his gloves Keller has worked as a pundit for ESPN