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April 23, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Kasey Keller rides Supercross track with Team Honda Muscle Milk

keller supercross.jpgPhoto credit: Mandie Fonteyn, Honda

Broadcasting. Snowboarding. Supercross?

Retirement has led to several new opportunities for Kasey Keller in the past few months — both professionally and recreationally — and last week it took the him to the Supercross track. The former Sounders FC goalkeeper went down to California last Monday to ride with Justin Brayton of Team Honda Muscle Milk.

Keller used to ride dirt bikes with one of his best friends growing up and hasn’t lost the love for it.

“We always said that when I retired we’d get back into riding, and we’ve been able to do that,” he said. “It’s been a lot of fun.”

Muscle Milk sponsors Keller and that relationship led to the opportunity, although it took awhile to organize since the Supercross season is ongoing. Keller said brands that have multiple teams and sponsorships “like to cross-pollinate the athletes,” and the athletes enjoy it, too.

“Action sports guys love team sports, team sports guys love actions sports — it’s just kind of fun to mix it all up,” he said. “It’s been a great way to do it.”

There was a Supercross event at CenturyLink Field on Saturday, but Keller didn’t attend due to a previously scheduled family vacation.

He had planned to watch online and said he follows the Supercross scene a little bit.

“I watch quite a few of the races and see who’s doing well,” Keller said. “(Ryan) Villopoto is a nice local guy who’s had a good run lately. My boy Justin Brayton has had a lot of podiums this year but hasn’t had that first victory. … He’s battled a few injuries and that’s always something that these guys have to deal with. It’s unbelievable — riding with a cracked bone in your leg and few other things going on. Incredible.”

Keller said he’s always been more of a trail rider than a track rider (Supercross involves a track). Riding a track bike instead of a trail bike, he said, “was a lot of fun.”

“We were finishing up the day and doing some interviews, and I just kind of said, ‘Now I’ve got to try and talk my wife into letting me buying a track bike,’ ” Keller recalled.

“Well,” the sponsors responded with a smile, “You’re not going to have to talk her into it because the bike you’re on is yours.”

Retirement, it seems, just got even more fun…

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