We got a little time today to speak with some Sounders about today's announcement that coach Sigi Schmid and former goalkeeper Kasey Keller have been voted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Goalkeeper coach TOM DUTRA on what made Keller special:I’ve never been around a player or goalkeeper who’s been as mentally as strong as him. It was unbelievable, his mentality. He could give up a goal and you wouldn’t know it. He’d go a six-seven game stretch where he was fantastic, and then he’d give up a bad goal here or there, and he would come back again like there was no tomorrow.
Defender CHAD MARSHALL, who played under Schmid at Columbus and Seattle, on what makes Schmid special:The wins. He’s gotten the most wins in MLS history. I think he gets the best out of his players. He’s been a part of some great teams. Congratulations to him, and I’m excited to get a second chance to work under him.
SCHMID on what Keller meant to the Sounders: I think it was important for Kasey to be able to finish his career at home, and I think it was important for the club to have a Seattle soccer icon be able to finish his career at home. I thought that was very significant. And Kasey, even at that age, was still a very accomplished goalkeeper and played very well for us in those years, and I think he helped put our club on the map, he helped give us stableness in the back … That’s something that you’re looking for as an expansion team: Can you be consistent and not panic in the back? Can you be stable? And having a goalkeeper with that experience was fantastic for us to begin our expansion time.