Hall of Fame Kasey Keller
Kasey Keller, 2011 Hall of Fame Inductee, Player
Kasey Keller started his soccer playing career in the shoes of nearly every youth soccer player—he began with US Youth Soccer. Keller first laced up his cleats as an Under-7 player for the Woodlawn Cemetery Diggers Booters Soccer Club, a member of Washington State Youth Soccer. His youth soccer journey led him to several clubs and years on US Youth Soccer ODP Washington state teams, as well as US Youth Soccer regional teams and U.S. Soccer Youth National Teams.
After a lauded professional career with stops in the German Bundesliga, English Premier League and Spanish La Liga, Keller returned home to Washington and finished his playing career with Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders. Keller played his final regular season home game for the Sounders on Oct. 15, 2011, a game in which the Sounders beat the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1. A record crowd of 64,140 people were present to send the Northwest native out in style.
As a member of the U.S. Men's National Team, Keller is the most capped goalkeeper in U.S. Soccer history with 102 caps and also the team's all-time leader in wins and keeping clean sheets and was named to the World Cup roster in 1990, 1998, 2002 and 2006. With his 2006 nod, Keller joined Claudio Reyna, current U.S. Soccer youth technical director, as the only U.S. players to be named to four World Cup roster. In addition to his four World Cup appearances, Keller won three Gold Cups, three US Open Cups and an unprecedented three U.S. Soccer Athlete of Year awards.
Keller continues to support youth soccer and travels throughout the state of Washington to encourage young players and tell the story of his success.