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North Thurston grad Kasey Keller, 41, signs one-year extension with Sounders

Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller lifts the U.S. Open Cup after the Sounders beat the Columbus Crew 2-1 to win the U.S. Open Cup soccer match, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller lifts the U.S. Open Cup after the Sounders beat the Columbus Crew 2-1 to win the U.S. Open Cup soccer match, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) AP

Kasey Keller, the face of the Seattle Sounders FC, is coming back for one more season as the team's goalkeeper.

The 41-year-old Keller, who began his 20-year pro career as an All-American at North Thurston High School, signed Friday a one-year contract with the Sounders FC.

“The way I feel physically, the way I feel mentally I see no reason why I can’t continue on for one more season,” Keller said. “And to be able to go out on my terms is something that I wanted to do."

Keller, who spent 17 years playing soccer in Europe, will finish his playing career as a Sounder FC. He signed with Seattle in August 2008 and played goalkeeper the last two seasons.

“He’s really become the face of our franchise,” said Adrian Hanauer, the team owner and general manager. “Certainly, he’s the most recognized player on the team and one of the most recognized American soccer players of all time. It’s an amazing asset for us to have as we build this franchise and try to build locally and build it globally. Kasey has been such a valuable asset on the field and off the field.”

Keller is a three-time winner of the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year and one of just two Americans to play on four World Cup teams.

“I’m happy Kasey is returning,” Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said. “His composure and quality are invaluable assets.”

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