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Keller returns to Spurs bench after Southampton loan ends.

Kasey Keller
Kasey Keller's emergency loan to Southampton expired, leaving him to wait for the transfer window in January to find a new club.
-- Tottenham Hotspur web site photo --
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
SoccerTimes

(Saturday, December 11, 2004) -- Kasey Keller's emergency loan to Southampton has ended. The United States goalkeeper returned to Tottenham Hotspur after Southampton's starting keeper, Antti Niemi, was deemed sufficiently recovered from knee surgery to reclaim his job in England's Premier League.

Keller's stay at woeful Southampton has to be considered a success. In four matches with a team that had not won a league match since August, Keller won once, drew twice and suffered a single loss last Saturday on the road to Manchester United.

With Keller on his way back to Spurs, Southampton (2-8-7, 13 points) drew 2-2 today with visiting Middlesbrough and sits in 19th place in the 20-team league. Southampton, making its debut under new coach Harry Redknapp, seemed to have victory in hand before Middlesbrough profited from an own goal in the 89th minute and then earned the tie when Stewart Downing beat Niemi a minute later.

So Keller now returns to Tottenham to wait for the transfer window to open in January. He knows that Paul Robinson is firmly entrenched as the starter now that he has emerged as the top keeper for England's national team and that Spurs spent nearly $3 million in acquiring him last year from Leeds United.

"I know the decision has been made and that no matter what I do, how well I train, how I do in the occasional Cup match, or how well I play for the (United States men)," Keller told SoccerTimes recently, "(Paul) Robinson is the starter and, as long as he is fit, he will be the starter."

Keller, meanwhile, says he is "mentally ready" to return to the U.S. to finish out his career in Major League Soccer. The new Real Salt Lake franchise has expressed a keen interest in him and, depending on what happens in January, he says he is not ruling out serious discussions with MLS.

Still, Keller would prefer to continue playing in England where he would be paid considerably more than in MLS. "I have three or four years left, no problem," Keller recently told Associated Press. "If Nigel Martyn is still doing it at the highest level so can I. There is definitely life in the old dog yet."

This is a reference to the Everton keeper who is playing well at age 39. Keller turned 35 on November 29.

"I have been fortunate to go through my career without any injuries, so physically I feel as fit as I ever have," Keller told AP. "I also think that my positional sense and decision-making have improved as I have got older so, if someone wants to give me a chance, I will do my best not to let them down."

Several teams in both the Premier League and second-tier English League Championship seem in need of better goalkeeping.

Against obviously superior Manchester United last Saturday, Keller made 11 saves, but Southampton still fell 3-0. The first half hour of the match was reasonably uneventful, but then Keller was forced into fine saves on Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney a minute apart.

United finally got on the scoreboard in the 53rd minute when two Southampton attempts to clear a Ryan Giggs corner kick failed. The ball went to a completely unmarked Paul Scholes who headed it over the desperate leap of Keller to make it 1-0.

Wayne Rooney made it 2-0 five minutes later, running onto another failed clearance and smashing it into the roof of the net. Keller then prevented further damage until the 87th minute when Cristiano Ronaldo drove home an outstanding volley off a Gary Neville cross.

On November 27, Keller did well to help host Southampton draw 2-2 with Crystal Palace in a match where all the goals were scored in the second half.

Keller made two great saves on Palace striker Andrew Johnson before Johnson flicked a header off Aki Riihilahti's cross just over Keller's outstretched fingers to make it 1-0 in the 48th minute.

Two minutes later, Southampton pulled even on Kevin Phillips' tally, but Palace went ahead again 2-1 in the 54th minute. Wayne Routledge's drive deflected off defender Andreas Jakobsson, changing direction completely, and beating Keller who dove in the wrong direction.

After Andreas Jakobsson equalized for Southampton at 2-2 in the 76th minute, Keller preserved the tie with a sparkling save on Johnson as time ran out.

Robert Wagman is a SoccerTimes senior correspondent. E-mail Robert Wagman.

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