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April 1, 2010 at 1:21 PM

Kasey Keller chats about the new DP rule and more

(thoughts on DP rule)
“I think it’s good if it’s done in the right ways. I think you got to have guys that want to be here, but at the same time, I hate to see situations where you put all your eggs in one or two baskets and not have the rest of guys treated the way they should be. Because it is a team sport. It’s great to have one or two guys that can truly raise your level and raise your profile, but not at the expense of 22-23 others. If it’s done the right way then I think it can be a very positive thing for the sport.”


(thoughts on the matchup with New York)
“Obviously we’re happy winning our first home game. That’s always, regardless of how it happened or whatever… it’s just great to get those three points, have the fans go away happy, everyone says, ‘OK. Good Start.’ But at the same time, here’s a team that is probably still smarting from their season last year. They got a good win at home. We can’t rest. We can’t think that just because we’re at home we’re guaranteed to win games, because we have a great crowd. We have to still go out with the attitude of we have to put the work out and we have make sure we keep putting pressure on teams. But I feel good. We’re fit. I think we’re confident. And like I said, as long as we go with the same attitude and put the work rate out there than we’re going to give ourselves a good chance in every game.”
(is New York a new team this year?)
“We’ll see. They have a whole new staff back, whole new coaching, a bunch of new players. It is, more or less, a different team. But with a different attitude as well. But we’re home. It’s our job to play our game and let them worry about us. That’s my opinion.”
(more happy with offense than in exhibition games?)
“Exhibition is exhibition. Sure you want to beat a team 5-nil. But I’d much rather have a 2-nil win in the game that matters, as opposed to a 5-nil win in a game that doesn’t. I’m happy that we got the couple goals. We could have got a couple more. Coulda, shoulda, woulda, whatever. I just want to keep that attitude going. That we need to get forward, make it exciting for the fans and stick some balls in the back of the net.”
(thoughts on DP and salary discrepancy)
“I guarantee you that Barcelona doesn’t have a guy making 30 grand and a guy making 6 million.
“You always know your top strikers or whatever are going to make more money. It gets difficult like you said, when you go from an L.A. situation where you do have Beckham making so much more money than 10 of your other guys. We can build big names in America. It’s about people learning who players are. Everyone knows who the players are here in Seattle, if you do it the right way. People know who Zakuani is. People know who Osvaldo Alonso is. You don’t have to necessarily bring in Thierry Henry to get fans in the seats if you do it the right way. Now is it great having those players in your league? Of course. It raises the profile around the world, but at the same time not at the expense of the rest of the team.”
(Put added pressure on team, DP not to come into with diva attitude.)
“It should. You got to know what you’re getting yourself into. You know you’re flying 26F on the flight back east. You know it’s not the same. If you don’t understand what you’re getting yourself into then you’ve made the wrong choice. Because what we are still trying to do is we’re trying to build the sport. And if you come in with the wrong attitude, nothing’s worse than if you’re making 40 grand and you’re working twice as hard as the guy making 4 million. That can’t happen. You have to come in with the right attitude and show everyone why you’re making the money you are. And hopefully it works the right way.”
(ultimately, can this help the potential of the league?)
“I think it helps. It’s a profile thing. The best thing that Beckham has done was to get everyone around the world know what MLS is. Have the attendances gone through the room? No, not really. But there is a little bit awareness around the world, which is a great thing. Hopefully it gets better and better.”

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