Former US Men's National Soccer Team goalkeeper Kasey Keller and 35-year coaching veteran Sigi Schmid have been elected as the newest members of the National Soccer Hall of Fame, U.S. Soccer announced Wednesday in a release. Former national team player and coach Glenn "Mooch" Myernick was also inducted.
Keller put together a 19-year international career for the USMNT, participating in four World Cups. He is the all-time leader in USMNT shutouts with 47. He spent time professionally playing in Spain's La Liga, Germany's Bundesliga, the English Premier League. Most recently he played for the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer, ending his career with the team in 2011.
“It’s a great honor,” Keller said in the release. “You look at some of the guys that have been elected before; it’s not an easy process. It’s not like it’s an open-door policy. It’s cool to be voted in."
Schmid coached at the collegiate, junior national and professional levels. He won more games than any coach in MLS history during his time in the American professional league, most notably with the Los Angeles Galaxy from 1999-2005. He won the CONCACAF Champions Cup title with the club in 2000. He won two MLS championships, one with the Galaxy and one with the Columbus Crew, which he coached from 2006-2008.
Schmid coached Keller in Seattle from 2009 to 2011.
“I would like to thank U.S. Soccer for this incredible honor, as this is certainly right up there with the top moments I’ve experienced in this sport,” said Schmid.
“I am honored to be inducted alongside Kasey Keller, who is a Seattle soccer icon. I knew Mooch [Glenn Myernick] for a long time, and as a colleague, a coach and a player, he dedicated his life to the sport, and he’s such a good person. Being inducted with those two guys is a tremendous honor."