Mercer Island Reporter: Mercer Island resident and former Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller will be inducted in the U.S. Youth Soccer Hall of Fame in Boston next month.
Keller, who recently finished his final season with the Sounders, started playing the Under-7 Woodlawn Cemetery Diggers Booster soccer club, a member of the Washington State Youth Soccer. He played for several clubs in Washington, as well as the U.S. Youth Soccer regional team and national team.
He played internationally with teams in Germany and Spain and in the English Premier League, before returning back to Washington to play with the Sounders.
Keller was named to the U.S. World Cup teams in 1990, 1998, 2002 and 2006, and in 2006 was one of only two players to be named to four World Cup rosters. He’s earned three Gold Cups, three U.S. Open Cups and three U.S. Soccer athlete of the year awards.
It was recently announced he’ll be returning to the Sounders next season, this time in the broadcasting booth with Ross Fletcher.
The Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at the U.S. Soccer Awards gala on Feb. 17 in Boston.
Let this be a reminder to all of you youth athletes out there that every superstar started out small, just like you. Professional athletes rise to stardom through long, arduous hard work and dedication. Perennial world cup force and EPL goalie Kasey Keller got his start with the under-7 Woodlawn Cemetery Diggers Booster soccer club in Washington.
Other members of the US Youth Soccer HOF include Tab Ramos, Julie Foudy, and Kristine Lilly. Congrats Kasey!