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Spurs first for Kasey

Posted on 9 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 that, while he was frustrated at not being selected for the USA's opener against Portugal, his ultimate aim is to secure a place in the Spurs first team.

Kasey always suspected that he was facing an uphill battle to claim the USA's World Cup goalkeeping berth, given that he took on the challenge of attempting to dislodge Neil Sullivan at club level after joining last summer.

While he was jostling for White Hart Lane supremacy, Friedel was clocking up the games at Blackburn Rovers.

Kasey knows that had he signed for a team where he was pretty much guaranteed a starting position he would most likely be keeping goal at this World Cup. He turned down the chance to sign for Besiktas to join Spurs.

But he wouldn't have it any other way.

"It was a little bit frustrating, but my goal is the Spurs first team. If the World Cup had been everything to me I would have signed on in Turkey and made sure I was playing all year around.

"My goal was to come back to England and do the best I could in terms of winning a starting place. If I happened to be playing in a World Cup at the end of the season then that was the iceing on the cake."

But with two group games to go Kasey has far from given up hope of playing in this World Cup.

"It's only the first game and I did everything I could to hopefully set myself up for next season at Spurs. That, first and foremost, has been my priority and if I can get myself a game or two in this World Cup then fantastic."

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