by GIANFRANCO PANIZO
Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller has done it all in his career except for play in an MLS All-Star game, but that will change Wednesday night.
Keller was among the first 11 players named to the MLS All-Star team, and his six shutouts and .80 goals against average has helped the Sounders reach a second place position in the West, making him rightfully deserving of the honor to make his MLS All-Star game debut against Everton FC at Rio Tinto Stadium.
When the veteran goalkeeper steps onto the field against the English Premier League club, he will likely be playing opposite of his U.S. national team successor, Tim Howard.
Howard has shone at goalkeeper for the U.S. national team since taking over the position in 2007, but he credits Keller for his successful transition to the national team and especially to European soccer.
"But he just said the easiest thing about being a goalkeeper is you just have to save the ball," Howard told the associated press. "It doesn't matter what league you play in, what level. You just have to make the saves. It was a good piece of advice."
While Howard had nothing but nice things to say of Keller, it was Keller who reminded that although this is an All-Star game, there is still something to play for.
"It's an important game for them. They're in the preseason and want to have a competitive game," Keller said. "There's a little bit of a pride factor here for the (MLS) guys and I think that will show (at the All-Star game)."
If Keller gets the start Wednesday, then he will give the MLS All-Star team as good a chance to win the game and that battle for pride.
Are you excited to see Keller play tonight? Eager to see him and Tim Howard on opposite sides of the field? Was Keller in his prime better than Howard is now?
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