Keller to retire after 2011 season

Keller to retire after 2011 season

Published Dec. 17, 2010 8:20 p.m. ET

Goalkeeper Kasey Keller will retire after the 2011 season, his 23rd in professional soccer.

The former U.S. national team goalkeeper agreed Friday to a contract for next season, his third with Seattle. The 41-year-old was the starter for the United States at the 1998 and 2006 World Cups, and the 1996 Olympics,

Keller said at a news conference that he didn't "want to be that guy where everyone says, 'You should have retired last year."'

Before joining Major League Soccer, he played for the Portland Timbers (1989), Millwall (1992-96), Leicester (1996-99), Rayo Vallecano (1999-01), Tottenham (2001-05), Southampton (2004), Borussia Moenchengladbach (2005-07) and Fulham (2007-08).