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Seattle Sounders will not try to replace ex-Tottenham keeper Keller - Schmid

Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid feels it will be too much of an task to ask someone to come in and fill the vacancy left by Kasey Keller.

The 41-year old goalkeeper retired from the game at the culmination of the Sounders' 2011 MLS campaign, leaving a gaping hole at the back of the club's defense.

Schmid is well aware that it will be difficult to find somebody who can step into Keller's boot but wants to make it clear that 'replacing' the former Tottenham, Fulham and Millwall man might not be the most prudent phrase to use.

"I really think that depends on the next guy and what his attitude is and so forth," said Schmid when asked who could into the number one custodian's spot.

"I think if you hand Kasey's job to a rookie, or you hand it to a very young goalkeeper, then I think it becomes a big shadow. But I think we're looking more for a veteran guy, so I think that'll help in terms of that transition.

"Our objective is not to replace Kasey. You don't want the guy thinking about, 'Oh, I hope I can do this as well as Kasey.'

"It's just a matter of going out there and being yourself and establishing yourself."

As for who that could be, Schmid was still no closer to finding a new goalkeeper.

"What we're doing is looking for another goalkeeper, and we're looking for the best goalkeeper that we can find that makes it work within our cap, within the league rules, and gives us the most quality we can have," he added.

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