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Americans Abroad

Keller signs with Fulham to become fourth American at the Cottage.

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Kasey Keller returns to England after spending two seasons in the German Bundesliga.
-- Fulham FC web site photo --
By Gary Davidson
  (in Washington, D.C.)
SoccerTimes

(Thursday, August 23, 2007) -- United States goalkeeper Kasey Keller is back in the English Premier League following a two-year absence after he signed today with Fulham.

Fulham already has three Americans on its roster, more than any team in the Premier League, though striker Brian McBride is expected to be out at least three months after having surgery yesterday to repair his fractured left patella, an injury suffered while scoring in Saturday's 2-1 loss to Middlesbrough.

McBride, Fulham's "Most Valuable Player" last season, had been elevated to captain of the Cottagers, only the second American to gain that honor in the EPL.

American Carlos Bocanegra is entrenched in the Cottagers defense, while midfielder Clint Dempsey has proved to be a valuable reserve since being acquired from Major League Soccer's New England Revolution in the midst of last season.

Keller, who has played for four teams in England and also in Spain, spent the last two seasons with Borussia Mönchengladbach in the German Bundesliga.

"It's fantastic to be back in the Premiership after a couple of years absence, and when the opportunity to join Fulham came up it was an exciting proposition that didn't take too much consideration," Keller, 37, told the Fulham web site. "I know that Fulham already has two quality goalkeepers, but I would like to think that I can add something to the squad in terms of its options, and I am really enthusiastic about this new challenge."

Fulham lost its starting keeper Antti Niemi when he injured himself in warmups for the season opener, a 2-1 loss August 12 at Arsenal. Journeyman Tony Warner has filled in and manager Lawrie Sanchez indicated Keller will initially serve as his backup.

"I'm delighted that Kasey has joined us and I'm sure that he'll be a great addition to the squad," Sanchez told his club's web site. "Obviously with Antti being injured at the Emirates (Arsenal's stadium), it was important that we added some strength and depth in that area and Kasey is a proven professional with impeccable international credentials. It's vital that we have cover in all areas throughout the squad, and I think he will be a valuable asset to us over the course of the season."

Keller, whose hometown is Lacey, Wash., spent 2001-05 with Tottenham Hotspur of the Premiership, though that tenure included a four-match loan to Southampton in 2004. He also has played for Milllwall (1992-96) and Leicester City (1996-99) in England before heading to Rayo Vallecano in Spain for 1999-2001.

Keller was the first-choice keeper at Borussia Mönchengladbach for his two years, but did not return after the club was relegated to the 2.Bundesliga following the 2006-07 campaign.

Keller had been negotiating with several teams. Finding a club will support his desire to represent the U.S. in a fifth World Cup in South Africa in 2010.

Gary Davidson is SoccerTimes publisher and managing editor.

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