U.S. Soccer

1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Kasey Keller Tells the Tale of the MNT's Famous 1998 Win against Brazil

During this September camp, the U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeepers have been coached by National Team legend and soon-to-be National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Kasey Keller. The MNT’s all-time leader in clean sheets, Keller’s most famous shutout and performance of his 102 international appearances came in the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal against Brazil. Playing the then four-time World Cup champions just four months after France ’98, Keller made 10 memorable saves and Preki scored the lone goal as the U.S. beat Brazil 1-0 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Legendary Brazilian striker Romario was so impressed by Keller’s performance that night that he shook the American goalkeeper’s hand after he’d made a save on his header in the 43rd minute, with the 1994 FIFA World Player of the Year remarking post-game, “That is the best performance by a goalkeeper I have ever seen.”

In 17 meetings, the win stands as the MNT’s only result against the five-time World Cup champions. With Keller serving as goalkeeping coach ahead of Tuesday night’s match against Brazil, he took a look back at that memorable evening of Feb. 10, 1998.

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Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
MNT vs Mexico 0-1 L Los Angeles Coliseum; Los Angeles, Calif. 91,255
MNT vs Brazil 1-0 W Los Angeles Coliseum; Los Angeles, Calif. 12,298 Radosavljevic
MNT vs Costa Rica 2-1 W Network Associates Coliseum; Oakland, Calif. 36,240 Pope, Radosavljevic
MNT vs Cuba 3-0 W Network Associates Coliseum; Oakland, Calif. 11,234 Moore, Wegerle, Wynalda