U.S. goalkeeper Kasey Keller, one of the key components of the USA's comprehensive success in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, picked up his second Honda Player of the Year award Wednesday in Los Angeles, becoming the third player in team history to claim the honor multiple times. Keller finished ahead of Landon Donovan and DaMarcus Beasley in a vote by the U.S. sports media.
Keller is also among five finalists for U.S. Soccer's Male Athlete of the Year Award. Online voting is now open, and runs through December 16th. Log in and VOTE NOW!!
Keller produced a dominating performance in goal in 2005, playing in a career-high 14 matches. With nine shutouts, including five in the final round of qualifying, the Borussia Moenchengladbach-based 'keeper increased his U.S. team record to 44 clean sheets in 89 appearances for the senior team. Keller is also the all-time leader in goalkeeping wins (50), World Cup qualifying appearances (31) and World Cup qualifying shutouts (19). He put together a 509-minute consecutive scoreless streak in the final round of qualifying that spanned five matches, culminating in the USA's dramatic 2-0 victory against Mexico in Columbus that secured the team's place in their fifth-consecutive World Cup finals.
Keller joined Landon Donovan and Eric Wynalda as two-time winners of the award, having also earned the honor in 1999.
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