Kasey Keller, former U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper and three-time U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year, joined ESPN as a soccer analyst in February 2012. Keller serves as a studio analyst for select MLS and U.S. Men’s National Team matches, as well as international events such as the UEFA European Football Championship. He will also be part of ESPN’s studio coverage of the upcoming 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.
Keller holds the record as the most-capped goalkeeper in the U.S. Men’s National Team with 102 appearances – starting two of three matches in the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France and starting all matches in the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, including a 1-1 tie versus Italy. He was a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team that reached the quarterfinals in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the most-successful run by a U.S. senior team in a modern FIFA World Cup. He is also one of the team’s all-time leaders in wins and not conceding goals.
Keller was on the U.S. Men’s National Team roster for the 1990 FIFA World Cup, in a back-up role to first team keeper Tony Meola.
In 1992, Keller signed a contract and played for Millwall F.C. through 1996 when he moved to Leicester City F.C. (1996-99). He also played for Rayo Vallecano in Spain’s La Liga (1999-2001), Tottenham Hotspur (2001-05), Borussia Mönchengladbach in Germany’s Bundesliga (2005-07), Fulham (2007-08), before returning to the United States to play for the Major League Soccer expansion Sounders (2009-11). He retired from professional soccer in 2011 after three seasons with the Sounders. In all, he played 609 matches in four countries in his professional career.
A native of Olympia, Wash., Keller began his goalkeeping career in 1989 with the Portland Timbers of the Western Soccer Alliance while still a student at the University of Portland. That same year, he split time between the Timbers and the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team, which finished fourth in the 1989 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Saudi Arabia. Keller was awarded the tournament’s silver ball as the competition’s second best player. As a college senior in 1991, he earned first team All-America honors and was named the 1991 Adidas Goalkeeper of the Year.