Kasey Keller, Sigi Schmid and former U.S. men's national team assistant coach Glenn "Mooch" Myernick are the three members of the Hall's Class of 2015, U.S. Soccer announced Wednesday.

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Neither Kasey Keller nor Sigi Schmid invented Seattle soccer. Those seeds were planted in the fertile Northwest ground decades ago, by Cliff McCrath at Seattle Pacific and John Best’s NASL Sounders and others.

But as far as the city’s modern era goes, it’s hard to imagine any figures more significant than Seattle’s first MLS captain and its only coach.

So there’s serendipity to the fact that Keller and Schmid will enter the National Soccer Hall of Fame together alongside former Colorado Rapids coach Glenn “Mooch” Myernick as the Class of 2015 that was announced Wednesday by U.S. Soccer.

Keller, who remains the all-time U.S. men’s national-team leader in career shutouts with 47, set the tone in the locker room for the Sounders’ inaugural MLS campaign in 2009. The goalkeeper was the team captain throughout his three years with the club before his 2011 retirement.

“He set the standard from Day 1,” Seattle goalkeeping coach Tom Dutra said Wednesday. “When we started training camp in ’09, he wanted to make a case for himself. He also wanted to set the standard for everyone else. … With Kasey, it was all about how he went about his business. When he spoke, we needed it.”

Keller’s return to the Pacific Northwest was the exclamation point on a professional career that spanned more than two decades. When it began in 1989, the U.S. hadn’t qualified for a World Cup since 1950.

Four World Cups and eight European clubs later, the Olympia native came back to a league now capable of outdrawing the Tottenham Hotspurs and Fulhams he left behind in England.

“I look where soccer was when I left in 1991, to where it is now, it’s an amazing growth rate,” Keller said. “It’s cool to think that I had a part in that.”

Adds Schmid of the player’s signing in 2008: “I think it was important for a number of reasons. I think it was important for Kasey to be able to finish his career at home, and I think it was important for the club to have a Seattle soccer icon.”

Schmid got wind of the upcoming Hall of Fame announcement while with his team in Dallas last weekend, when an old friend called him up with congratulations on his election.

“It was pretty overwhelming, because it’s a culmination of what you’ve done over a long period of time,” Schmid said. “ … It’s nothing that I went into the sport trying to achieve. It was just something that happened. It’s a reflection that I’ve coached a lot of great players.”

Coaching wasn’t always the defined career plan for Schmid, not even when he caught on with his alma mater and national powerhouse UCLA in the early 1980s. When he assumed the full-time head-coaching job, Schmid set a timeline, three years or bust — win something or go back to his accounting job.

His Bruins won the national title in 1985. And three decades later, Schmid is the all-time winningest coach in MLS with more than 200 wins. He’s a two-time MLS Cup winner with Los Angeles and Columbus and has guided the Sounders to the playoffs in each year since they joined the league in 2009.

“I think the most important thing that sticks out to me is that,” Schmid said, “over the years, the players that I’ve coached, the friendships that I’ve had — on Sunday night, there was a former player of mine up here, and we got dinner — being able to carry on those relationships and having former players become friends is one of the things I’ve cherished most from this whole experience.

“The wins and the accomplishments and the awards, those are all nice, but those can all go away. The meat and the potatoes are the relationships and the memories that you have.”

Keller and Schmid made plenty of the latter while together establishing the Sounders as a regular MLS contender. The induction ceremony, the details of which will be announced at a later date, will provide another as the coronation of two of Seattle soccer’s modern-day pillars.