Kasey Keller Decides To Finish Career In America; Joins Seattle Sounders FC

ThomasSenior Writer IAugust 20, 2008

It seems like almost every week an iconic American comes to Major League Soccer.

Last week, Kasey Keller announced that he would join Seattle Sounders FC, starting in their inaugural season in MLS next year. Keller had been following the formation of the club in Seattle, and once news broke that the team would become part of MLS, Keller decided to join.

Keller had been the goalkeeper for Fulham last season, doing enough to keep the club from relegation. The Olympia, Wash. native played for nearly two decades in Europe for clubs such as Tottenham, Borussia Moenchengladbach, Southhampton, and Fulham.  He also has 102 international caps for the USA that includes 53 wins and 47 shutouts.

"It wasn't about dollar signs or pound signs or Euros.  It was about finishing my career back in the U.S., and with this organization it is going to be something special," Keller said when asked by reporters why he decided to join Seattle.

"I had offers to continue playing in the Premier League, but the biggest part of a new franchise and to be a part of everything that I feel that this team is going to stand for is just too good an opportunity to pass up. I hope to be a part of this franchise. I would love to work my way up and to really be a part of Sounders FC for life."

Keller also said that he was contemplating retirement before he heard that a club in Seattle would go into MLS. However, he said that he was thrilled to be coming home to Seattle and continue playing in MLS.