He is big, he is tall, he is a MF-ing wall, and now a Hall of Famer: Kasey Keller!
The living legend and current Seattle Sounders FC broadcaster, Kasey Keller has been elected to the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame. Seattle Head Coach Sigi Schmid was also elected to the Hall of Fame.
After a distinguished professional career in Europe, Keller joined the Sounders for their inagural year in 2009. His leadership helped kickstart the Sounders to their unprecedented run of post-season appearances and helped spark the imagination of the Rave Green faithful everywhere. As the captian of the Sounders, Keller had made 93 apeparances and earned MLS Goalkeeper of the year in 2011.
Kasey Keller has been on four US Men’s National Team World Cup (USMNT) squads; with over 100 appearances (caps) for the USMNT he is in rare company among the US Soccer all-time greats. Born and raised in Olympia, Washington, Keller has a long, storied career in the Pacific Northwest, having played for University of Portland and the Portland Timbers (pre-MLS) in 1989.
Keller spent the next couple decades representing the United States on the USMNT and abroad as the first American to play in La Liga (Spain’s highest professional league), Premier League (England), and the Budasliga (Germany.
“It’s one of those things that’s a huge honor once you really realize how difficult it is to get into the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame,” Keller added. “You do your job in a particular way, and you hope that people respect what you have done and how you have done things. You don’t do it necessarily to get accolades, but it is nice when people acknowledge what you’ve done. I am proud and honored.”
Seattle Sounders FC head coach, Sigi Schmid also earned hall of fame honors. With 35 years of coaching experiance, Sigi started at the collegiate level at UCLA. After winning 3 NCAA championships at UCLA, Schmid moved to the LA Galaxy in 1999.
Despite never having played soccer at a professional level, he has the most coaching wins in MLS history and was the recipient of the MLS Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2008. Sigi’s trophy case includes the following and is still growing:
- CONCACAF Champions’ Cup: 2000
- Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup: 2001, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014
- MLS Supporters’ Shield: 2002, 2008, 2014
- MLS Cup: 2002, 2008
On behalf of the the Rave Green faithful. SSU writers, editors and management we offer our whole-hearted congratulations.