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March 1, 2012 at 6:44 AM

Keller to work part-time for ESPN in 2012

keller car.jpgSeattle lost one voice, Arlo White, to the national scene after last season.

They’ll have to share another, Kasey Keller, this season.

Keller, Sounders FC’s new color commentator, will work for ESPN throughout the year as a part-time soccer analyst. I wrote a short story on it for Thursday’s newspaper, but will cover some highlights here. A formal announcement could be coming as soon as later today. UPDATE 11:59 a.m. — Here’s it is.

The Olympia native will primarily serve as a studio analyst for MLS and U.S. men’s national team games.

Having worked a couple preseason games for ESPN3.com the past week or so, Keller’s national-television debut will be March 12 as a studio analyst for the Portland-Philadelphia game — the network’s first MLS broadcast. He’ll also be in the studio for a May 30 exhibition between the U.S. and Brazil, before helping cover the UEFA European championships in June and July (where he might even be a match analyst).

Keller’s other ESPN involvement will be determined as his broadcasting role with the Sounders allows.

“Kasey Keller is one in a select group of exceptional American goalkeepers with a remarkable knowledge of the game and the ability to communicate it with insight,” said Jed Drake, ESPN senior vice president and executive producer. “He is a great addition to our analyst team.”

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