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 before 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.