U.S. Goalkeeper Kasey Keller Will Miss Final Qualifier
'Keeper Aggravates Ankle Injury, No Replacement Will Be Named For Match Against Trinidad
CHICAGO (Thursday, November 8, 2001) - United States Men's National Team goalkeeper Kasey Keller aggravated an injury to his left ankle in training this week and will not be able to travel for the USA's final qualifier against Trinidad and Tobago. No additions will be made to the now 20-man roster for the November 11 match in Port of Spain. The match will be broadcast live on ABC beginning at 2 p.m. ET.
"It's only a minor problem, but it's something that needs looking after," said Keller. "I'm obviously disappointed that I won't be able to play against Trinidad, but in the end the best thing to do is take care of it now so I can resume playing as quickly as possible." Keller will return to England late Thursday.
Chicago Fire goalkeeper Zach Thornton and Miami Fusion FC goalkeeper Nick Rimando remain available for selection. Thornton has earned six caps for the United States, the most recent in a 2-2 draw away to Jamaica on September 8, 1999. Rimando, who competed in the FIFA World Youth Championships for both the Under-17 and Under-20 U.S. National Teams, has made appearances in U.S. training camps this year but is still looking to earn his first cap with the senior team.
The United States will travel to Trinidad on Friday, November 9, in preparation for the final match of the 2002 World Cup qualifying campaign. With the final match of the Hexagonal match being broadcast on ABC, fans of the U.S. men will have seen 7 of 8 road qualifiers broadcast on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2, with the eighth going to fans live on pay-per-view. In the past two years, 15 of 16 total U.S. qualifying matches will have been broadcast on the networks, the most in U.S. Soccer history.