Keller returns to Portland to face Timbers

Keller returns to Portland to face Timbers

Credit: AP

Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller stops a ball during a drill at the team's first day of MLS soccer training camp, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, in Tukwila, Wash. The Sounders began year No. 3 on Tuesday without player drama, sans continuing rumors about Uruguay star Diego Forlan, and no longer the lone jewel of soccer in the Pacific Northwest. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on July 8, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 8 at 3:59 PM

TUKWILA, Wash. -- Kasey Keller knew exactly when all the good will from spending his college career in Portland was gone.

When Keller attended a Portland Trail Blazers game last January he was able to get courtside tickets. As the video board at the Rose Garden panned the arena showing those in attendance, they stopped on Keller.

In the past, his picture might have elicited cheers or at least a polite ovation for the former University of Portland star and U.S. national team goalkeeper.

This time, with Keller playing for the Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers just months from joining Major League Soccer, the reaction was a little more unfriendly: a tidal wave of boos.

Keller and the Sounders will enter the hornet's nest of JELD-WEN Field on Sunday afternoon.

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