The Sounders FC goalkeeper is the second player in as many weeks from the team to be named the league’s player of the week. From Sounders FC:
Goalkeeper Kasey Keller turned in another clean sheet in Week 2, making five saves, including a stop at the feet of RSL striker Yura Movsisyan in the 49th minute to preserve a 1-0 lead. His performance earned him MLS Player of the Week. Keller becomes just the third keeper in MLS history and the first since 1996 to post shutouts in his first two starts. He joins Mark Dodd of Dallas and Tom Liner of San Jose who both did so in 1996.
Keller has yet to allow a goal in five games played in Seattle during his professional career. Prior to this season his only previous Seattle appearances were as keeper for the U.S. National Team and all were shutout victories: Honduras (4-0, Safeco Field, 2002), Venezuela (2-0, Seahawks Stadium, 2003) and Canada (2-0, Qwest Field, 2005).
Sounders FC has become the first MLS expansion team since 1998 to win its first two games. Chicago also won its first two matches, before losing its next five (one by shootout). Chicago and Miami were the last expansion teams to qualify for the playoffs, with the Fire going on to win the 1998 MLS Cup and the U.S. Open Cup.
And a Jarrod Smith update:
Forward Jarrod Smith accompanied the New Zealand National Team to Bangkok for the March 28 friendly with Thailand. Smith did not play. He is currently on Seattle’s injured reserve list while recovering from a hip-flexor strain.