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Kasey in the dark

Posted on 8 June 2002  - 12:00

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Kasey Keller says he is not aware of whether USA coach Bruce Arena will adopt a rotation system between himself and Brad Friedel.

Kasey missed out on the stunning win over Portugal on Wednesday, with Friedel handed the job of repelling the the Euro 2000 semi-finalists, and he admits he is in the dark as to whether he will feature against South Korea on Monday.

"I don't know," explained Kasey. "Honestly, I don't know. When I was told I wasn't playing - actually it was hinted at and I was not told - everything was open. To play, to not play, to switch. To answer your question - I don't have a clue."

Kasey is realistic enough to know that the win will not have helped his cause, but is all for the greater good.

"That's the difficult thing because I was pretty sure if we had lost I would have been in for the next game.

"We need to advance though and really help the sport in America."

Pre-World Cup injuries possibly affected Kasey's chances of a starting position, giving Arena a solution to a difficult selection dilemma.

"I have picked up a couple of injuries in preparation and that probably didn't help me a whole lot, although I was able to shake them off quick enough.

"It was just a couple of knocks, one on my elbow and one on my knee. Missing a couple of days preparation wouldn't have helped me.

"I guess I've felt all along that the manager was looking for excuses not to play me as opposed to the other way around. Picking up knocks at bad times I didn't need. It was just really bad timing and a little bit unlucky for myself."

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