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Kasey Keller 
Athlete, North Thurston HS (1984-88)

Kasey grew up in Lacey and dreamed of playing soccer in Europe. His dream began at the age of six when he joined his first soccer team.

During his time at North Thurston High School, not only did he play for the Rams, he also spent time playing in tournaments in Europe, Chile and Brazil. Of the first eight weeks of his senior year, he missed six weeks to play for the U.S. 20-and-Under National team in a qualifying tournament for the World Cup in Chile, and to attend clinics in San Diego and Brazil.

Before he graduated from North Thurston, Kasey was offered a professional contract by a team from Portugal, an opportunity to play with the Tacoma Stars, and was also recruited by soccer powerhouses Duke University and the University of North Carolina.

Ultimately, Kasey chose to attend the University of Portland where he became a star player for the Pilots and coach Clive Charles. After playing collegiately, Kasey began playing in Europe with Millwall in 1992.  He also played for Leicester City, Rayo Vallecano, Tottenham Hotspur, Southhampton, Borussia Monchengladbach and Fullham before returning to the U.S. in 2008. He was a pioneer overseas, becoming the first American goalie to be a regular in the top leagues in England, Spain and Germany.

After playing seventeen seasons in Europe, Kasey returned home to the Pacific Northwest and signed with Seattle Sounders FC at age 40. Kasey played three seasons in Seattle, earning three All-Star selections and winning MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in his final season with the club in 2011.

Kasey’s number 18 jersey was retired at North Thurston High School (2011), becoming  the second player in school history to have their jersey retired. Kasey was named the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year an unprecedented three times (1997, 1999, 2005), holds the U.S. record for career shutouts in international play (47) and was named a two-time winner of the Honda Player of the Year Award (1999, 2005) as the best player on the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team.

He was a four-time FIFA World Cup participant and has 102 career caps for the U.S. Men’s National Team, the second most all-time of any American goalkeeper.

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