Ex-Leicester and Tottenham goalkeeper Kasey Keller makes Hall of Fame

The former USA number one has been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame as a first-ballot inductee.

Former Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Kasey Keller has been elected to America’s National Soccer Hall of Fame as a first-ballot inductee.

Keller, 45, enters the Hall of Fame following a glittering career which saw him earn 102 caps for the US national team between 1990 and 2007, while making four World Cup squads and keeping a record 47 clean sheets.

The three-time US Soccer Male Athlete of the Year was also the first American keeper to establish himself as a regular in Europe across spells in the Premier League, Bundesliga and La Liga.

After making the move to Millwall in 1992, the Washington-native would go on to guard the net for Leicester, Rayo Vallecano, Tottenham, Southampton on loan, Borussia Monchengladbach and Fulham, before returning to the States to join his hometown Seattle Sounders ahead of their inaugural MLS season in 2009.

He made 93 appearances for the club over the next three terms, helping them win three straight US Open Cup titles and earning the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award in his final campaign in 2011.

“It’s a great honor,” Keller told US Soccer. “You look at some of the guys that have been elected before; it’s not an easy process. It’s not like it’s an open-door policy. It’s cool to be voted in.

“I really saw it firsthand, when I was able to speak on [Brian] McBride’s behalf, of how cool it is. I’m proud and thankful for the people that helped get me to that point throughout my career: teammates, coaches, friends, family.

“It’s kind of a culmination of what you’ve done and how you got there and all the people that helped you get to get to that point, so I’m thankful for that.”

Keller is not the only Sounders legend in the Hall of Fame’s class of 2015 either, with the MLS club’s head coach Sigi Schmid, who managed the former US number one during his three seasons in Seattle, also getting voted in.

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