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Keller named to MLS All-Star First XI

Here's Keller's reaction: "That’s cool. I just don’t know if I’m going to be able to go, that’s the tricky part. They want to promote this game and half it be a big thing, and then they schedule stuff around it where some of us won’t be able to make it, which is a bit frustrating. But always an honor. I thank the fans, as always, for giving me the opportunity. Goalkeepers don’t do it without good teammates around them, and that makes a big difference as well. We’re doing a lot of good things this year."

And more from Sounders coach Sigi Schmid:"It tremendous for Kasey. Unfortunately, it's one of those things again where we have a play-in game, so it makes it difficult. But I think for Kasey to be voted in as a first-team all-star in his last season is a reflection of the respect that he deserves because he's an outstanding goalkeeper.

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Here's the release from the club:

Kasey Keller of Seattle Sounders FC has been named to the 2011 AT&T MLS All-Star First XI after receiving the most votes among goalkeepers by the fans. It is the second time Keller has been voted to the All-Star First XI and the third time he has made the team in his three seasons in MLS.

Keller, 41, is playing his 20th and final professional season. He was voted to the All-Star XI along with Freddie Ljungberg in 2009 and last year Keller was named an inactive reserve.

On Wednesday, July 27 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., the MLS All-Stars will face the defending English Premier League champions Manchester United in the 2011 AT&T MLS All-Star Game (live on ESPN2, Galavision, and TSN at 8:30 p.m. ET).

The First XI received the most votes at their respective positions from combined fan voting on three platforms - online at, via text message, and via Twitter. The online and text voting ballot consisted of six players from each club, as chosen by a panel of media members.

A 4-3-3 formation was selected for this year's First XI because the third-ranked forward received more than twice as many votes as the fourth-place midfielder. Bios for the 12 All-Stars named today are at the bottom of this release.

2010 MLS All-Star First XI

Goalkeeper: Kasey Keller (Seattle Sounder FC)

Defenders: Sean Franklin (LA Galaxy), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Rafa Marquez (New York Red Bulls), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls).

Midfielders: David Beckham (LA Galaxy), Jack Jewsbury (Portland Timbers), Brek Shea (FC Dallas)

Forwards: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)