International Soccer Sensation Kasey Keller Signs Autographs for Youth
Hey soccer fans and players!
Tri-Cities Youth Soccer Association is sponsoring an event!
Kasey Keller will sign autographs and pose for pictures on Friday December, 14 at the TRAC, atrium 4, in Pasco. The event will begin at 4:30 pm and conclude at 7:00 pm. Attendees are encouraged to bring items to be autographed.Friday December 14th from 4:30-7pm here’s more about Kasey from his bio:
Kasey Keller got his first senior team cap against Colombia on February 4, 1990 and was on the roster as Tony Meola’s back up at the 1990 FIFA World Cup. After being ignored by U.S. coach Bora Milutinović for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, he made Steve Sampson’s ill-fated squad in 1998, and played two games at the World Cup. Keller was an overage selection for the 1996 Olympics team, starting all three matches.Kasey was named U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year in 1997 and 1999, and again in 2005. Perhaps his most famous clean sheet came in the historic 1998 win versus Brazil. Keller played all 90 minutes in goal and made ten saves, many from point blank range, in preserving the 1–0 shutout victory for the U.S. His performance in goal prompted Brazilian great Romário to remark “That is the best performance by a goalkeeper I have ever seen,” the performance was commemorated in the song “Kasey Keller” by synth-pop band Barcelona.
For most of their careers, Keller and Brad Friedel were engaged in a head to head battle for the U.S. goalkeeper’s jersey. Keller got the nod in 1998 but was second choice to Friedel in the 2002 FIFA World Cup. In spite of this stiff competition he 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.
Keller crowned the U.S.’s run in the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament with a clean sheet in the final match against Panama and two saves in the penalty shootout to give the side the trophy. Keller started the first seven games of the final round of World Cup qualifying in 2005, recording five consecutive clean sheets and 507 consecutive goalless minutes to lead the U.S. to qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Finals in Germany. He then became the first male player in U.S. history to win his third Athlete of the Year award. On May 2, 2006 Keller and teammate Claudio Reyna became the first two Americans named to four World Cup Rosters. In that World Cup, he played in all three games, being named Man of the Match in the 1–1 draw with Italy in Kaiserslautern on June 17, 2006. Keller is the only U.S. player to participate in both the 1990 and 2006 World Cups.