Seattle Sounders sign veteran keeper Keller

August 15, 2008

Goalkeeper Kasey Keller has joined Major League Soccer newcomers the Seattle Sounders.

The 38-year-old - one of two American players to have appeared in four World Cups -spent last season at Fulham but was released as manager Roy Hodgson looked to reshape the squad he inherited from Lawrie Sanchez.

Keller holds the record for the most appearances for the United States, having won 102 caps, and his experience with prove invaluable for the Sounders, an MLS expansion franchise who will take part in the league for the first time in 2009.

The former Leicester, Tottenham and Fulham goalkeeper also holds American records for World Cup qualifying clean-sheets and overall victories. He is the only player to be part of a national team at both the 1990 and 2006 World Cups.

'Kasey is arguably the top goalkeeper that the United States has ever produced,'' Seattle general manager Adrian Hanauer said. 'He is a natural leader and those leadership qualities should be of enormous value to Sounders FC.''

Keller, who began his professional career with Millwall, said: 'When I started my career in Europe, I always said that I wanted to finish playing back at home in the US.

'I wasn't sure that dream was ever going to come true. I still can't believe it's a reality.''