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January 24, 2012 at 1:05 PM

A stop and chat with Kasey Keller

keller practice.jpgKasey Keller, pictured above talking to old friend and goalkeeper coach Tom Dutra, was at Sounders FC training for the first time Tuesday. As you well know, the recent retiree is getting ready for a future in the broadcast booth. He took a couple minutes to chat to reporters and here’s the transcript of that conversation:

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(How’s the snowboarding going?) “Awesome. Living the dream.”

(You look kind of like a NASCAR driver on the back of your jacket…) “Well, gotta keep (the sponsors) happy.”

(Are you getting any better up there?) “Yeah, I went yesterday with the head of Shakedown and some of the guys up at Summit. That was humbling, but I tried to follow their lines. A couple times maybe I shouldn’t have. They took me to the terrain park for the first time, got some jumps in. That was cool. It’s good. Trying to keep the learning curve as sharp as possible. Thanks to K2 for hooking me up.”

(What was it like out here today?) “It was cool. It was nice. It was nice having Joe (Roth) and Drew (Carey) and getting to know some of the faces. I know it’s a little bit early and you don’t know who’s going to be around when it all shakes up at the end. It’s fun. It was hard because I really didn’t know how I would feel, and it feels right. That’s cool.”

(Have you spoken to Michael Gspurning?) “Oh yeah. But I showed up right when training was starting, so it wasn’t a case of sitting down and talking with anybody. That time will come later, let everyone do their job. I don’t want to be a distraction and get in the way of anything. It was nice to be able to be here when there were plenty other distractions with the big bosses here. That was good, but it’s so early in preseason that it’s just interesting to see how it’s all going to go down. It’s nice to see some of the young kids. It looks good.”

(How are you preparing for a broadcasting future?) “Once Ross (Fletcher) gets over I assume I’ll follow his lead. Obviously he’s got a little more experience than I do, but we’ll probably cue up some old games and run through it like it was him and I doing that game. As long as we can just mute out Arlo everything will be good (laughs) … Good luck with that. It probably just resonates (laughs).”

(Would it be odd calling your own saves?) “I won’t do our game! I didn’t say I’d do our game. “Holy cow, that guy’s terrible!” But it’ll be fun trying to get that relationship going. And I understand and don’t expect to be flawless at the beginning. It’ll take some time to get things going. I’m looking forward to it. It’ll be a fun transition.”

(Are you planning on doing this for the long term?) “I have no idea. I think the longest I ever played at a club was four years, so I wasn’t exactly a person that did the same thing the whole time. It might be something that is what I do and it might just be something that I do for a short period of time. I don’t know. I’m just looking forward to starting and having some fun.”

(On joking previously about showing up as a heckler…) “I think what it really came down to was I didn’t want the first day of training to be about me. The first day of training was about the new guys that came in and getting their stuff going. It was nice to be able to say hi to the guys and come in at this stage after the first week has kind of gotten out of the way.”

(Have you talked to your new broadcast mate?) “Email. A couple emails back and forth. I reminded him of a game that I played at Leicester, we were playing at Derby County and we were 4-0 up after 16 minutes. I reminded him of that. He needed to do a little better research because he reminded me of a game when I wasn’t at Leicester at that time, which was fine.”


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