14 minute chat with Kasey Keller and the Gas Man. Here's my transcription of the parts I found interesting:
(Maybe after next year you want to come back and play some more, or are you really done?)
"You never want to say never, but I don’t see it happening at all. I truly see it being the case of this is my last year. A lot of - kind of what the delays were in getting the contract done was kind of some discussions that myself and the club were having about when I’m done playing. I see myself being with the Sounders for a long, long time, even if it’s a case of maybe doing something else to gain experience to come back, or not. Or just truly being with the organization for the rest of my post-season career. I could see that very comfortably as well."
(So you did have discussions about what else you can do in the Sounders organization after this year?)
"Correct, but the hard part is that I also don’t want to say ‘hey look, I want you to give me his job when I’m done playing.’ It’s a case of more open dialogue and different situations that I’d be willing to pursue. Well if you say, ‘Do you want to go into management? Do you want to go into coaching side? Do you want to go into media?’ How do you know unless you try all the different things? So to be able to say, ‘this is what I definitely want to do at this stage.’ I think it was more of just multiple conversations about the different opportunities that could be available when I’m done without truly being able to say, ‘this is what you’re going to do.’ Because you just don’t know at that stage what positions are available on that side of it."
(Regarding Away Tickets)
"If you get 64,500 Sounder fans, and 500 Timbers and Vancouver fans up in a big corner; I’m all for that. But I never ever like to give away any kind of home field advantage just for the sake of bringing a bunch of fans in. We don’t need it. Vice versa, we’ll never be able to bring that kind of support to their stadiums, so why give them that advantage? That’s just the way I look at it. I had to play in too many national team games here in America where I was the away team. That’s not a lot of fun to play in. The scary part about that is that we could probably play 40 or 50 countries in New York and be the away team. That’s not a fun proposition to be a part of. I know that it won’t get quite to that extreme here, but I was at that Kansas City Chiefs game, and there were too many Chiefs fans in [Qwest Field] to my liking. That’s not fun when you’re a player when you step out in your home game and you see that much color from the other team. I just don’t want to see that at all."