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KELLER, HAMM HONORED AS TOP SOCCER STARS

National team goalkeeper Kasey Keller and women's national team striker Mia Hamm, a key member in the United States' drive to last year's Olympic title, were selected as the U.S. Soccer Federation's Athletes of the Year.

It is the fourth straight year Hamm won the award, twice as many as any other recipient. She has 17 goals in 12 games this season, 16 coming in the nine games following the death of her brother Garrett from a rare blood disorder.

"I'm wondering if you have my parents on the board who chooses this thing," Hamm said jokingly on a conference call.

Keller is the first goalkeeper to win the honor, which was first awarded in 1984.

He has six shutouts in nine World Cup qualifying matches, extending to last year.

He recently injured his thumb while playing for Leicester City in the English Premier League, which will keep him out of Sunday's crucial World Cup qualifier against Mexico in Mexico City.

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