Great Moments in US Soccer Hair #7: Kasey Keller

One of the first casualties of Friedel’s Law, Kasey Keller is rightfully regarded as one of the greatest players the United States has ever produced. What many people forget is that this man, like all U.S. goalkeepers, once had a full head of hair. And what a head of hair it was.

It’s almost as if Keller knew time was running out and decided that he needed to pack an entire lifetime of hirsute pursuits into his early 20s. The netminder headed over to Europe at an early age and succeeded in pulling off one of the┬átrickier combos around–the bowl-mullet hybrid, known simply as the “bullet” to some. This is hard enough to pull off under normal circumstances, but throw in an already-receding hairline, and what you’ve got is a bona fide miracle of science. I’ve only seen the Bullet pulled off more successfully on one occasion, by a middle aged woman on a bus in Portland (must be some sort of Pacific Northwest connection), but that’s a story for another time…

Great Moments in US Soccer Hair #4: Brad Friedel

This entry in our series is basically just to serve as a reminder that Brad Friedel did, in fact, once have hair. Friedel is significant in the history of US Soccer hair because he served as goalkeeper during a time of great transition for the Federation. During his tenure, the USSF’s position on goalkeeper hair followed Friedel’s hairline from hirsute (Tony Meola) to bald (Kasey Keller, et al). Thus US Soccer Federation bylaw 128.3 (aka “Friedel’s Law”) bears Brad’s name. This law states that no keeper for the USA will have more than 50% of their head covered with hair.

We can see the results of Friedel’s Law in the careers of Kasey Keller, Tim Howard, Marcus Hahnemann, and Brad Guzan. Casualties of this law include Troy Perkins, Mark Dodd, and Kevin Hartman.

Did you know? Norwegian-American Espen Baardsen changed his allegiance from USA to Norway upon learning of Friedel’s Law.