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Afternoon Ticker: Keller planning to stay put, Alves sidelined and more

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Seattle Sounders FC goalkeeper Kasey Keller has enjoyed a strong first year in MLS, and the 39-year-old is planning to stick around for a few more seasons.

Keller told reporters Tuesday he would be surprised if he was not around for the start of the 2011 season, when a Pacific Northwest rivalry is expected to begin as expansion teams Portland and Vancouver join MLS. Keller also said he expects to stick around only if his play holds up to his standards.

The most capped goalkeeper in U.S. national team history is averaging 0.92 goals against, and has recorded ten shutouts with the Sounders this season.

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Alves out three weeks

Barcelona suffered a shocking defeat to Rubin Kazan in Champions League play on Tuesday, and the reigning European champions also lost defender Dani Alves to injury.

Alves will be sidelined for approximately three weeks after injuring his thigh late in the stunning 2-1 loss. The injury could force Alves to miss Barcelona's next six games, which includes the Champions League return leg vs. Rubin.

Crouch busts a move, gets busted

Along with his lanky physique, Tottenham forward Peter Crouch is known for doing a robot dance to celebrate his goals. Apparently, Crouch is also doing that celebration in nightclubs.

Crouch was hilariously pictured busting a move in a London club with teammate Jonathan Woodgate after Tottenham's 2-1 victory over Portsmouth on Saturday. That picture, which can be seen here, found its way to Spurs manager Harry Redknapp, who was livid about the incident.

Rednknapp is expected to issue a warning to his players that nightclubs are off limits, but it is doubtful that any fines will be handed out. No word yet on if the robot dance has been banned.


Do you see Keller playing at this level for another few years? What kind of an impact will Alves' injury have on Barcelona? How much would you pay to see Crouch do the robot in person?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. One fan threw one plastic bottle and you want to cry about it. This article wasn’t about Sounders fans and it wasn’t about a plastic bottle that was thrown months ago.

    But hey, any excuse you can find to hate on the Sounders, right?

  2. Still no answer for a loser fan throwing crap at a keeper and disrupting play. That in itself is an embarrassment to the entire Sounders organization and their fan base. Pretending like it didn’t happen isn’t going to make it go away. Sure, it was a plastic bottle, but that doesn’t change the fact that it was wrong and should have been punished.

  3. Sounds like someone is still bitter about losing the Open Cup.

    You didn’t make a single valid point. Keller got a red for being caught out. Every team wastes time when they are up, the ref can always add more. Montero was guilty of being young, having money, and dumping a girl who wanted it. She showed up at his house at 4am and he wouldn’t let her in his house, thats it.

    And dude, that was a seriously weak insult (Scroungers? oooh it burns!)

    I understand that a lot of people want to hate the Sounders, and thats great. But when you use an article devoted to crediting one of the most important players in USMNT history, you are embarassing the entire DC fan base.

  4. Caption: “We can dance if we want to. We can leave our coach behind. ‘Cause our coach don’t dance and if he don’t dance then he ain’t no coach of mine.”

  5. Especially when he sees a red card for handling the ball outside of his box, and telling ball girls to slow it down when getting the ball back so he can run out the clock, all the while his scummy Scrounger fans throw bottles at Wicks for time wasting and they back a lying, diving, rapist up top.

  6. Hahnemann has already said to the Seattle papers that he’s hoping to come to the Sounders in a year or so. Sorry…… The good news is that Keller should be the keeper coach by then.

  7. I completely screwed my keyboard spitting out my milk laughing at this comment. You should see it, milk is flying everywhere as I spe- er, type.

  8. Crouch owns the robot, him doing it is the best celebration on the planet; I honestly dont know how anyone could do anything any more entertaining. Enless that kid from that reality show with the dwarf family (“Little People, Big World.”)somehow becomes a professional footballer, a more enteraining celebration will not be possible.

  9. I hope Portland or Vancouver land Marcus Hahnemann after his stint with Wolves. Would make a great story. Even if Kasey can’t cut it as the number 1 in 2011, he’d be invaluable as a player coach or mentor for younger keepers. I know he plays on field turf, but someone has to get him to wear a proper kit and ditch the ‘keeper pants.

    Anyone else ever wonder if he’d be the cap leader if Friedel hadn’t pulled the ‘nats plug, though?

  10. wonder how many losses it will take for people to start jumping off the bandwagon.

    Seems it was arsenal and chelsea bandwagon were overloaded a couple years ago and now the Barcelona bandwagon is just about reaching its GVWR

  11. That picture is too funny and prooves that some white people cannot dance. 🙂

    Bummer about Alves and Keller can play for as long as he wants. He’s the American Pat Onstad.

  12. That picture is hysterical. it looks like Woodgate is doing the robot not Crouch. however, crouch looks like he’s either dumped a drink on himself or pissed himself…..


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