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Kasey's Variety Pack

Posted on 1 June 2002  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Kasey Keller says the variety of football he played last season could work to his advantage in the battle for the USA No.1 spot with Brad Friedel.

In Kasey's football mixer over the season was a small dash of reserve team action, lots of internationals - including a Gold Cup win - and a hefty stint in the Spurs first team as the campaign drew to a close.

Add the fact that he was playing well and is still fresh and you could understand coach Bruce Arena opting for Kasey. So it could all be about timing...

"Exactly," laughed Kasey. "It's worked out fantastically, especially with the different games that I've played. Having a little ankle clean-up, coming back and then getting the games right after Christmas, leaving and playing six or seven games with the national team, coming back, leaving and playing the odd game here and there - then jumping in for the good run.

"So I really never had really that much time where I wasn't playing one place or another. So for myself, I'm feeling nice and fresh, in form and ready to go."

While Kasey spent a fair portion of the season on bench duty, he did not actually get to turn out much for our reserve side.

"I didn't play a whole lot, I played twice at Stevenage, then when I came back from ankle surgery I played down at Ipswich. I then broke into the first team for a few games, then took off to the States for the Gold Cup.

"It worked fantastically well, conceding one goal in six games and winning the tournament.

"I came back, was a little frustrated for a few weeks, but then being able to go off and play the game in Seattle and then play in Germany and then break back into the team."

So all in all, not bad preparation for the World Cup?

"Yeah, it's really been a very good preparation and I've reminded the national team manager of that several times, that it really hasn't been a lay-off."

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