Sounders coach Sigi Schmid and Olympia goalkeeper Kasey Keller were inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame tonight in ceremonies at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle. Also inducted was the late “Mooch” Myernick.
Both gave gracious acceptance speeches, as did those who remember Myernick.
“What it all comes down to at the end of the day, and the biggest group that I have to thank is players,” Schmid said. :Players, players and players. Winning games and winning titles sometimes bonds the whole group. But at the end of the day, it’s the players that I’ve been able to coach and the friendships that come of out that.”
Keller charted a life that took him from an Olympia egg farm to Europe and around the world.
“Just very proud to be a part of everything and the kind words that everybody said, and to just do my little bit to help move the sport forward back in the day,” he said afterward. “To see where the sport was when I started to where it’s at now, I’m very excited … it’s special.”
Schmid and Keller will be honored at CenturyLink Field before the Sounders-Galaxy match at 6:30 p.m.