The Seattle Sounders FC and Kasey Keller have announced the signing of a one-year contract extension for the veteran goalkeeper. The extension means the 2011 season will be Keller's 20th in professional soccer and third in MLS with the Sounders.
"In these two years with the Sounders, I've been very happy with the form of myself and the team. Throw in the fact that Portland and Vancouver are coming into the league, and there was no question that I wanted to play one last season," said Keller. "My mind's great, my body feels great and so I feel this can be a great and successful season for the Sounders and myself."
However, Keller indicated during the press conference announcing his the extension that the 2011 season would likely be his last.
"I don't want to be that guy where everyone says, 'You should have retired last year,'" the 41-year-old said. "The way I feel physically, the way I feel mentally, mentally, I see no reason why I can't continue on for one more season and then be able to go out on my own terms."
Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer was still optimistic that Keller could put in the kinds of the performances that saw him hold on to the starting spot for his first two season with the club.
"Kasey only wanted to come back if he was playing at or near the top of his game," said Hanauer. "He is still quick, still a great shot-stopper and a great organizer in the back. And as great as he has been on the field, he has been an even greater ambassador for Sounders FC and the game. We are happy to have him back with us in 2011."
Prior to his time in MLS, Keller enjoyed a long career in Europe, playing 17 seasons in England, Spain and Germany. He won 102 caps for the United States senior national team between 1990 and 2007, more than any other U.S. goalkeeper, and has featured in multiple World Cup, Gold Cup and Copa America tournaments.
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