Kasey Keller admits he is somewhat surprised by the enormous popularity being enjoyed by the Seattle Sounders.
The Cascadia club are by far the best-supported team in MLS who continually break their own attendance records but Keller said he did not see this coming when he returned from England for the 2009 season.
"No, there was no idea. I had lots of friends who came back from Europe to play, with a lot of different mixed messages from friends of mine about different problems and different situations that they found themselves in," he told The Seattle Times.
"I knew fairly early after the decision-making process that Seattle was going to be different than a majority of the franchises. But, it truly wasn't until after the first game that my wife and I came home from the game and were like, "Yeah, I couldn't imagine having not been in that experience, of not being in that first game for Seattle ... and still playing somewhere in Europe, or England or doing whatever."
And the former Tottenham, Fulham and Borussia Monchengladbach gloveman knew he would always return home to continue his playing career and is glad he did it when he did.
"But, I always felt that if I was going to come home, that I wanted to come home and be a part of something and to push the sport forward, and I don't feel I could have done that if I was in an organization that didn't want to do that themselves," he added.
"It has been a good decision."