Former Tottenham and Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller was at Sounders training today and spoke afterward about his time with the ESPN World Cup broadcast crew in Brazil, and his time with the English Premier League club:
On the World Cup: It was a fantastic experience and a just so happy to have the opportunity. ESPN put together an absolutely phenomenal production. I think the ratings showed that here. ... I’m just so proud of the way the American public once again has responded, and it just shows the health of the game and how it just keeps moving forward.
On his time with Tottenham: I played every minute of every game – league and cup – for over two seasons. And so I had a lot of fond memories of my time. But it was always some disruption: I think I had four managers in my four years there. It was always tricky. And once again, Spurs come in with a new manager and trying to jump back into that elite status. But it’s a big London club that is still trying to get to that next level … always finishing fifth-sixth, always trying to break into that final position. We know about the Gareth Bale stuff and they sell him for a record fee and then bring in a bunch of new players. It’s just trying to find that formula once again. This will be a little bit tricky, obviously. They’re missing a bunch of players and this is their first competitive match in this new preseason with the new manager. But it also has a group of guys who are looking to prove something, so it should be a real stiff competition for the team, and the team is obviously flying – the Sounders are doing great. What I’m just looking forward to is a good fun game for the fans to watch and no injuries, because nobody likes to see people get injured in these kinds of situations.