NEW YORK – Kasey Keller didn’t end his career with an MLS Cup appearance, but the Seattle Sounders goalkeeper will add one final piece of silverware to his trophy case.
MLS announced on Tuesday that Keller was voted the 2011 Allstate MLS Goalkeeper of the Year. The 41-year-old, who retired following Seattle’s two-leg defeat to Real Salt Lake in the MLS Cup Playoffs, finished comfortably ahead of the Philadelphia Union’s Faryd Mondragón and FC Dallas netminder Kevin Hartman.
|Player||% of Club Votes||% of Media Votes||% of Player Votes||Weighted Total|
|Kasey Keller (SEA)||29.59||26.98||17.39||73.97|
|Faryd Mondragón (PHI)||18.33||18.52||14.91||49.75|
|Kevin Hartman (DAL)||10.20||15.87||5.59||31.67|
|Nick Rimando (RSL)||8.16||14.81||7.45||30.43|
|Dan Kennedy (CHV)||8.16||5.29||5.59||19.04|
Keller collected the award in his 20th professional season after winning an MLS-best 18 games, racking up nine shutouts and leading the league in save percentage (76 percent) while posting a 1.09 goals against average. He played every minute of the regular season for the Sounders and helped the team to the second-best record in the league.
In addition to being named the league’s top goalkeeper, the Olympia, Wash., native was named to the MLS All-Star First XI, and MLS Best XI in 2011. Seattle fans sent him out on a high note when a record crowd of 64,140 packed CenturyLink Field to honor the veteran in Seattle’s final regular season game.
Votes were collected from MLS players, club management and media. The LA Galaxy’s Donovan Ricketts won the award in 2010.