Category: Robbie Keane

Keane follows Gerrard in LA Galaxy exodus

Los Angeles (AFP) – Robbie Keane is leaving the Los Angeles Galaxy after six seasons with the Major League Soccer franchise, confirming his exit just days after Steven Gerrard announced his departure. Ireland international record goalscorer Keane, 36, said in a statement he was targeting one final challenge in club football before hanging up his boots for good. Keane is one of the most successful foreign players to ply his trade in the US top flight, helping the Galaxy win three MLS Cup titles while scoring more than 100 goals in all competitions after signing for the club in 2011. ... Read more

Robbie Keane makes history on Ireland farewell

Dublin (AFP) – Robbie Keane ended his international career in perfect fashion, scoring his historic 68th goal in his 146th and final Ireland appearance in Wednesday’s 4-0 friendly thrashing of Oman in Dublin. The 30th-minute volley drew the Los Angeles Galaxy forward level with German World Cup winner Gerd Muller in the international all-time goalscoring charts. Strike partner Jon Walters turned provider for the goal, and when Keane scooped the ball over defender Nadir Mabrook’s head inside the penalty area, there was no doubt what would happen next. There was the slightest hesitation to line up the perfect contact, but it was ... Read more

No regrets for legend Keane as he prepares final bow

Dublin (AFP) – Retiring Ireland legend Robbie Keane says he would not have swapped a major club honour for his international career. The LA Galaxy striker will play for his country for the last time in Wednesday night’s friendly with Oman at Lansdowne Road. With 67 goals in 145 appearances, Keane is 15th on the all-time international goalscorers list, just one behind German legend Gerd Muller. The 36-year-old Keane could overtake the man who won three European Cups with Bayern Munich in the 1970s, but he’d never change anything about his international career, that covered 18 years and three major ... Read more

Keane named in Republic squad for farewell appearance

Dublin (AFP) – Robbie Keane will make his final appearance for the Republic of Ireland in next week’s friendly against Oman after the country’s record goal scorer announced his imminent retirement from international duty. LA Galaxy forward Keane was included on Wednesday in Martin O’Neill’s 28-man squad to face Oman and then Serbia in a World Cup qualifier.  But less than an hour later, Keane released a statement revealing he would call it quits after the Oman fixture, opening the way for an emotional farewell in front of Ireland’s fans in Dublin. The 36-year-old former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur star ... Read more

Ireland legend Keane set to retire from international duty

Dublin (AFP) – Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane announced on Wednesday he will retire from international football after an emotional farewell in next week’s friendly against Oman in Dublin. LA Galaxy forward Keane, 36, will bring the curtain down on a memorable 18-year international career that includes all-time Republic records of 67 goals and 145 senior caps. “Today, I am announcing my decision to retire from International football following the upcoming game with Oman on 31st August in the Aviva Stadium,” Keane said in a statement.

Keane on target as Galaxy down Seattle

Los Angeles (AFP) – Robbie Keane scored his second goal in as many games as the Los Angeles Galaxy defeated the Seattle Sounders 1-0 to maintain their Major League Soccer playoff push on Saturday. Irish international Keane, who scored a stunning goal in Monday’s victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps, rounded off a fine passing move to fire Galaxy ahead in the 15th minute at CenturyLink Field. Seattle pressed hard for an equaliser during an entertaining second half but Los Angeles held firm. Jordan Morris should have scored after a mix-up involving Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Rowe allowed the Seattle player a ... Read more

Warhorse Keane looks for one last battle at Euro 2016

Dublin (AFP) – Robbie Keane faces a race against time to prove his fitness as the Republic of Ireland’s record goal-scorer eyes a glorious last hurrah at Euro 2016. Keane missed Ireland’s two friendlies against Switzerland and Slovakia in March after being forced to withdraw from the squad with a knee injury suffered while playing for LA Galaxy. Republic manager Martin O’Neill was initially uncertain how severe the problem was, but Keane eventually underwent orthoscopic surgery on his right knee in California at the start of April. The 35-year-old forward was expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks, ... Read more

Keane slams players over Belarus performance

Cork (Ireland) (AFP) – Roy Keane said on Wednesday he felt like killing some of the Republic of Ireland players who played in Tuesday’s Euro 2016 warm-up defeat by Belarus. However, the plain-speaking 44-year-old assistant coach — who infamously was sent home before the 2002 World Cup finals after a blazing row with then-coach Mick McCarthy — told Irish media he had calmed down a bit the morning after the 2-1 loss.  “Well, I wanted to kill some of them last night,” he told a press conference after training on Wednesday. “I’ve moved on from that.” The former Manchester United ... Read more