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August 23, 2007

Kasey Keller signs for Fulham: Pretty soon the American takeover of Fulham Football Club will be complete.

posted by Ricardo to soccer at 12:34 PM - 13 comments

The joint Northern Ireland/US National team...

posted by igottheblues at 12:52 PM on August 23

Keller has been playing in the Bundesliga for Borussia Moenchengladbach. I think I heard once that "playing in the Bundesliga for Borussia Moenchengladbach" is the number one reason soccer marriages end in divorce.

posted by The Crafty Sousepaw at 01:05 PM on August 23

I thought that was just a metaphor for something ... naughty. So it's starting to feel like American keepers are like Finnish hockey goalies, or Korean women golfers. It feels like there's a glut of good ones out there now. It's almost a cliche to mention it. Frankly, I think it's a great thing.

posted by chicobangs at 01:17 PM on August 23

We Americans have been shown to have a fabulous accumen for keeping the ball out of the net ... unfortunately at all positions ... especially forward.

posted by Ricardo at 01:24 PM on August 23

Good one, Ricardo. Funny, I was pleasantly surprised to find out Hahnemann was an American, especially after his heroic display against Man U. Where do all these goalies - Keller (who had a stint with Spurs) and Friedel (a former Liverpool keeper) are the first who come to mind - come from? (I mean, which academies or high schools, etc.?)

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:45 PM on August 23

Where do all these goalies - Keller (who had a stint with Spurs) and Friedel (a former Liverpool keeper) are the first who come to mind - come from? don't forget Tim Howard.

posted by goddam at 02:10 PM on August 23

Where do all these goalies...come from? They come from some crazy country where sports are played with your hands.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 03:49 PM on August 23

So it's starting to feel like American keepers are like Finnish hockey goalies... Throw a ball to a small American child and he or she will catch it. Throw it to a child from another part of the world and they will kick it. Or what Texan said.

posted by scully at 04:46 PM on August 23

How old is Kasey Keller? I watched that guy play at Civic Stadium when I was still poopy-pantsed and Kool-Aid lipped.

posted by everett at 08:11 AM on August 24

Last week?

posted by tommytrump at 08:59 AM on August 24

everett, 40 give or take. I think he only got signed because of Niemi's injury and Warner's lack of quality; there weren't other top flight sides knocking his door down otherwise that I read about.

posted by billsaysthis at 06:10 PM on August 24

He's 37. Past his prime, perhaps, but not out of gas just yet.

posted by chicobangs at 06:15 PM on August 24

I think Peter Shilton (England) and Dino Zoff (Italy) played at international level (even World Cup) when they were 40. I wouldn't be surprised to see goalies at top levels going past that, given today's training and medical facilities (and better rules about protecting the goalies).

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:57 AM on August 25

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