Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Gladbach turns down Keller's offer to stay
by Mike Woitalla, May 10th, 2007 7AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  germany

MOST COMMENTED

KellerGoalkeeper Kasey Keller is one of at least seven players leaving Borussia Moenchgladbach, which has been relegated to the German Second Division. Gladbach general manager Christian Ziege said he was surprised that Keller, 37, offered to stay with the relegated team, but said giving the 25-year-old Christofer Heimeroth the No. 1 keeper spot next season is part of the club's rebuilding process.

"Kasey is a special case," Ziege said on the club's official Web site. "We've been friends since we played together at Tottenham, and that didn't make the situation any easier for me. Planning our goalkeeping situation was made more difficult because for a long time we didn't know if Keller saw a future for himself with Borussia in the Second Division.

"That he has now signaled his willingness to stay with the team was in fact a surprise. But we had to plan for the likelihood that if we were relagated he wouldn't be available and decided to make even the goalkeeping position part of out transition, and the age factor did play a role.

"Christofer Heimeroth will in the new season be our No. 1. He has our trust and that he has quality, which he displayed in the last few games [when Keller was injured]. Kasey Keller is not available as a backup goalkeeper, and that's why we'll acquire a second keeper. We want a man with some experience who is also dependable in case something happens."

Keller, 37, joined Gladbach midway through 2004-05 season, when his performances were hailed for helping the club stay in the top flight. Keller, who played in the top two tiers of the English league, and in the Spanish First Division, since moving to Europe in 1991, appeared in 78 Bundesliga games since joining the club. His contract with Gladbach expires in June.

Keller was at times during his stint with Gladbach rated among the Bunesliga's top goalkeepers and was a fan favorite.

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
CCL: Omar Gonzalez adds to packed trophy case    
Omar Gonzalez might have been disappointed at first when MLS salary rules pushed him out the ...
MLS Discipline: Rapids' Ford suspended for one game    
Reviews of incidents from last weekend's games has prompted the MLS Disciplinary Committee to issue a ...
Making a List: American champs (Europe's Big 5)    
Christian Pulisic's Borussia Dortmund will meet Timmy Chandler's Eintracht Frankfurt in the German Cup final May ...
USA makes history with win over Mexico in U-17 qualifying    
Missouri product Josh Sargent scored twice and assisted in the U.S. U-17 national team's 4-2 win ...
MLS: Timbers unveil plans for Providence Park expansion    
One of the top soccer venues in North America is destined to grow: Portland Timbers FC ...
Report: Miami Beckham United adds new investor    
More than three years after first announcing plans to exercise his option on an MLS expansion ...
What They're Saying: Alejandro Dominguez    
"We had said that we would have four pillars, and the first two pillars were clear ...
What They're Saying: Nelson Rodriguez    
"I think it's first about finding those best people and best professionals, irrespective of gender and ...
Video Pick (TBT): MLS's long-distance golazos    
David Villa's goal from near the center circle against Philadelphia earlier this month inspired the folks ...
Streaming Report: Twitter will carry CCL final    
For the first time, Twitter will carry the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League final, streaming Wednesday's second ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives