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Keller breaks finger, his appearance in Costa Rica qualifier is in jeopardy.

By Robert Wagman

(Friday, September 8, 2000) -- United States men’s goalkeeper Kasey Keller has suffered a broken little finger on his left hand, an injury that will keep him out of action three-to-four weeks, according to an official statement from his Spanish team Rayo Vallecano.

Keller suffered the fracture in a preseason 2-1 victory over Alcorcón. Rayo's first regular season match is Sunday against Villarreal.

The injury puts in jeopardy Keller’s certain appearance for the World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica in Columbus, Ohio, on October 11. If he can't play, the starter will be Brad Friedel, who would probably be sharp after playing with the U.S. under-23 men in the Summer Olympics in Australia later this month.

The injury sets Keller back at Rayo where he lost starting job last season to Spaniard Julen Lopetegui when he dislocated his collarbone. Keller won his position back this preseason, but Lopetegui will play Sunday.

Senior correspondent Robert Wagman can be e-mailed at bobwagman@soccertimes.com.

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