One of only three American men to be a part of four FIFA World Cup teams (1990, 1998, 2002 and 2006) and the first player to win the U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year award three times, goalkeeper Kasey Keller enters the Hall of Fame as one of the most accomplished U.S. players of all-time.
After winning the Silver Ball at the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championships, Keller made his full team debut in 1990 and would go on to earn 102 caps and a team-record 47 shutouts with the U.S. At the time of his retirement in 2007, he also held the U.S. Soccer records for appearances and wins (53), categories in which he ranks second at the time of his enshrinement.
Keller’s most famous shutout came in a 10-save performance in a stunning 1-0 upset of Brazil in the semifinals of the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Still the only U.S. win against the Brazilians, legendary striker Romario shook his hand after a big save during the game and afterward credited Keller with the "Best performance by a goalkeeper" that he had ever seen. Keller was the first U.S. player to appear in six Gold Cups, winning titles in 2002, 2005 and 2007. In 1996, he was selected to represent the U.S. in the Atlanta Olympics as one of three over age players on the roster.
A pioneer of American players plying their trade abroad, Keller played 17 seasons and more than 500 matches during his club career in Europe. Having moved to English club Millwall at age 22, Keller won the club’s Player of the Year award in his first season. He’d go on to feature for English side Leicester City – where he backstopped the club to the 1997 League Cup, La Liga side Rayo Vallecano, Tottenham Hotspur, Bundeslinga club Borussia Monchengladbach and Fulham FC. With a desire to close out his career stateside, he joined his home-state Seattle Sounders FC in 2009, leading the club to three straight Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup titles from 2009-2011 and closing his career with the 2011 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award.