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Real Salt Lake's Rimando wishes Keller limited success

Real Salt Lake goal keeper Nick Rimando respects and admires Seattle keeper Kasey Keller, with good reason.

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"He's been a great role model for a lot of players," Rimando said. "He's someone I've looked up to and gotten to know."

Anyone who saw it, live or on television, will never forget Kasey Keller's performance against Brazil in 1998.

As the United States won 1-0, Keller put forth arguably the greatest one-game effort in the history of American keepers, stopping 10 shots, many just reaction saves from point-blank range.

"That is the best performance by a goalkeeper I have ever seen," said Brazilian star Romário.

Well, Keller, who has played in four World Cups and was the first American goal keeper to start in the English Premier League, German Bundesliga and the Spanish La Liga, is hanging them up this season following the MLS playoffs, which begin for the Sounders on Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium.

"I wish him the best," Rimando said. "But not in this game."



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