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October 20, 2010 at 1:59 PM

A stop and chat with Sounders FC goalkeeper Kasey Keller

keller chat.jpgPhoto credit: Dean Rutz, The Seattle Times

(Thoughts on the goal yesterday) “I made a mistake, simple as that. It happens and obviously I’m not happy. But if you’re a goalkeeper it’s going to happen to you and you just got to try and go a bunch of games without making a mistake. That’s really what it comes down to and training today and getting ready for Saturday.”

(It had been a bunch of games between mistakes, does that help you get over it?) “You know it’s going to happen. You don’t know when, but it’s going to and you try to work like hell everyday and hope it’s not the next game. It was my time at a bad time and you hold your hand up and you try to go another bunch of games without making another mistake.”

(Not talking to us after the game, did it bug you more than usual?) “No, it just was timing I think — by the time everything got going. But I knew you’d be here today.”

(Was the first goal allowed a matter of communication?) “No, I think once again it was a case of somebody thinks there’s more time and there’s not and later you go, ‘I should’ve cleared that’ or whatever. It was just unfortunate. Then I make the save and it hits the guy and sometimes it bounces your way and sometimes it doesn’t. That seemed to be the theme after we scored yesterday.”

(Does the relative unimportance of the game play into things?) “No not at all. I think what it comes down to is there’s a reason they’re called mistakes. You think something is going to happen a certain way and it doesn’t. You want to do something and later wonder, ‘Why did I do that?’ That’s part of that process. We’ve had so many positives lately that it’s always just one of those times. Maybe it’s a good thing. It’s one thing about this game, you can have so many great things but eventually you’re going to be brought back down to earth and some stage. Then you have to fight back to where you were. That’s just normal.”

(Seems like not much had gone wrong in 6-7 games in a row now) “Yeah, exactly. We concede a goal or somebody makes a mistake, a penalty or whatever, but it doesn’t affect the outcome. Tuesday was a day where the mistakes affected the outcome. If you’re going to make mistakes that’s the time to make them, in a game that really doesn’t mean a whole lot. So now we just got to go back, like I said I think everybody’s focused, good intense training today and everybody’s training to get ready for this last game in the league and see where that puts us in the playoffs. Nobody still understands. We’ve been looking at it today, could we do this or that? No idea. We’re just going to try to win on Saturday and see who we play on the 31st.”


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