Video: When Tottenham and Leicester favourite Kasey Keller shut out the Samba Boys

Brazil Fans

Before the days of Brad Friedel and Tim Howard, Kasey Keller was the main man for Team USA and his crowning moment came against Brazil.

With the USA and Brazil facing off in a friendly this week, it’s high time another memorable encounter featuring a Premier League legend was revisited.

Kasey Keller made 99 appearances for Leicester City and a further 85 for Tottenham Hotspur during two memorable spells, and even featured for Fulham on 13 occasions.

But to Team USA fans he is best remembered for his stunning individual display for the national side in a famous 1-0 win over Brazil.

Facing off in the semi-finals of the Concacaf Gold Cup, the Americans were major underdogs.

Invited to the tournament to more than make up the numbers, Brazil were favourites to lift the trophy with a squad containing the likes of Romario, Denilson and Edmundo in their pomp.

But in Keller they came up against a Premier League shot-stopper in similarly high spirits, and what followed was a display for the legends.

The Foxes and Tottenham favourite repelled shot after shot as Brazil battered Team USA for long spells of the game, seemingly certain to score.

Yet the breakthrough did not come and on 65 minutes the extraordinary happened – the Americans found a goal through Belgrade-born midfielder Preki.

Keller continued to excel for the remainder of the game as some of the world's finest forwards huffed and puffed to no avail. When the final whistle blew, he had managed an astonishing 10 saves.

It was a game that lived long in the memory for Romario, who considered Keller’s display among the best he has even seen.

“It was an honour to be on the field with him,” he told reporters at the time according to World Soccer Talk.

Though Keller would go on to play for Team USA at the 1998 and 2006 World Cups, Team USA replacements like Brad Friedel and Tim Howard would, perhaps unfairly, gain the majority of the plaudits in the years that followed.

But, when it comes to games against Brazil, no one can take Keller’s magic moment away from him.

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