When Kasey Keller and Sigi Schmid join the ranks of the best soccer people in our country's history, they'll do so close to home. On Friday, US Soccer announced that the 2015 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on October 3, along the shores of Lake Union at the Museum of History and Industry.
The class of 2015 (which includes Keller, Schmid and the late Glenn Myernick) includes two current members of the Seattle Sounders FC organization, which undoubtedly played a part in the location of this year's ceremony. (We can't have Sigi flying halfway across the country during a late-season skirmish now, can we?)
Keller is widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in American history, with 102 National Team caps and a record 47 shutouts for the Red, White and Blue. He joined the Sounders for their inaugural season in 2009 and lent credibility to the expansion franchise, which was the second ever to make the playoffs in its first season. He went on to win Goalkeeper of the Year in his final season, including this in his last home match:
Schmid is similarly decorated but from the other side of the sideline, with a prestigious run at UCLA (three NCAA Championships) and the most wins in MLS history. His clubs have won five US Open Cups, three Supporter's Shields, and two MLS Cups (for now.)
Keller already has a presence in the museum, which features an entire section on Seattle sports. Last year, the Museum of History and Industry (also known as MOHAI) hosted a Sounders 40th anniversary party featuring trophies and former players.
As the all-time leader in on-field coaching appearances for the United States, Myernick joined the Hall of Fame on the Veterans Balllot. Myernick passed away in 2006 at the age of 51, mere months after serving as an assistant coach in that year's World Cup. He will be represented at MOHAI by his family.