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Keller's career ends, wishes it had been at MLS Cup

As the Sounders' season ended tonight, so did Kasey Keller's playing career. Both he and coach Sigi Schmid said they expect him to stick around the organization, although there was nothing firm to announce.

Some quick comments:

KELLERIt’s been a hell of a three years – an honor to come home and play for something as cool as the Sounders have become and were from the first minute. You couldn’t have asked for a better end of my career. Of course, holding an MLS Cup in a couple of weeks would have been tremendous, but you can’t fault anybody. We had one of those bad days a couple of days ago and came back here and restored a ton of pride. We just came up a little tiny bit short.

SCHMIDObviously Kasey has meant a great deal to this franchise. There’s nothing I would have rathered done or this team would have rathered done than to take him out with an MLS Cup. We were able to give him three U.S. Open Cup and three years in the playoffs, so that was the extent of our gifts to him. But he still a goalkeeper who’s one of the best goalkeepers if not the best goalkeeper in our league. He’s played at a high level, and it’s great to see somebody being able to finish his career at home in front of friends and family. It’s been a great situatation. We’re going to miss him for sure. But I’m sure he’ll be around.