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Originally published Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 8:51 PM

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Kasey Keller to work soccer games for ESPN

Sounders FC broadcaster Kasey Keller will join ESPN this year as a part-time soccer analyst.

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Sounders FC broadcaster Kasey Keller will join ESPN this year as a part-time soccer analyst.

Keller, 42, will mostly serve as a studio analyst for MLS and U.S. men's national team games. He will also be a part of ESPN's coverage of the UEFA European championships this summer.

An Olympia native, Keller's ESPN television debut will be March 12 as a studio analyst for the Portland-Philadelphia game.

He'll also be in the studio for a May 30 exhibition between the U.S. and Brazil, before helping cover the Euro 2012 tournament in June and July.

Keller retired last season after three seasons as Seattle's starting goalkeeper and captain. His other ESPN involvement will be determined as his broadcasting role with the Sounders allows.

"Kasey Keller is one in a select group of exceptional American goalkeepers with a remarkable knowledge of the game and the ability to communicate it with insight," said Jed Drake, ESPN senior vice president and executive producer. "He is a great addition to our analyst team."

Chelsea coming this summer?

English club Chelsea FC will reportedly play a summer friendly in Seattle, according to the team's U.S.-based supporters group. The Sounders declined to comment, saying nothing has been confirmed. Chelsea played a friendly here in 2009 and beat the Sounders 2-0. The Blues also beat Celtic of Scotland 4-2 in a game here in 2004.

Joshua Mayers: 206-464-3184 or jmayers@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @joshuamayers.

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