Thursday, March 22, 2007

Keller still wants to be King

Unlike Brian McBride, Eddie Pope and Claudio Reyna, Kasey Keller has no interest in retiring from international soccer. Instead, the man whose first cap for the senior team came on February 4, 1990 says he wants to be the US's number one goalkeeper in South Africa, when he will be 40 years-old.

This seems to setup a bit of a showdown with 28-year-old Tim Howard as he was believed to be the man to take over the top spot. But Keller insists he still has something in him and that his reflexes have not declined.

"'I'm still waiting for that to happen, and hopefully I've got a few more years left in me before I fall off the cliff."

Bob Bradley says he will keep an open mind when it comes to Keller and added that he is impressed that Kasey is willing to come to camp to compete in order to earn the spot.

"I think we're fortunate to have a number of very, very good goalkeepers," said Bradley. "Kasey has been a mainstay for the US, and I believe that his performances at Borussia Mönchengladbach continue to show that he's playing at a high level. Timmy has benefited from going to Everton. He's playing really well this year."

If Keller is still it top form, he would be a wonderful addition to the team in 2010. His years of experience, including four previous world cups, could bring a great calm and respect to America's backline. However, if there are any questions at all about his quality of play, Howard is a wonderful 'backup'.

My only wish is that we had such a great battle for every position on the team.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Steven Gerrards Double said...

Keller is a great keeper, but to be honest I think Howard is number 1, and I also think you guy's should be looking to the future, there are enough keepers in the MLS that could be gaining valuable experience training with the national team.

12:50 PM  
Blogger Pitch to Pub said...

I share those sentiments. I think Howard is the man. Unfortunately, based on how Keller acted after Friedl was awarded the role in 2002 (to which he more than lived up to), this could be a problem.

Keller will either put pressure on Bradley (or other coach) to make a decision to start him to avoid the turmoil and for fear of charting a different course, or he won't go with Keller and we are forced to deal with Keller bad attitude.

I say if he is clearly the best, give him the job, otherwise, he doesn't make the team. Give Hahnemann or Reis the backup gig if Howard starts in the nets.

2:24 PM  
Blogger Mike H said...

pitch,

I agree, eaither Keller is the number one or he is not on the roster.

12:21 PM  

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