The LA Galaxy have been rewarded for another MLS Cup-winning campaign with their third meeting with US president Barack Obama in four years, as star man and captain Robbie Keane took centre stage.
The Galaxy defeated the New England Revolution 2-1 in extra-time in the December final to claim their third league title since 2011, with Keane knocking in the 111th-minute winner to earn the game’s MVP award.
The Irish front man is coming off his best season since arriving in the States from Tottenham Hotspur in August 2011, grabbing 19 goals and 14 assists in 29 regular-season appearances to be named league MVP ahead of Seattle Sounders striker Obafemi Martins and Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen.
Although meeting Obama has now become something of a yearly tradition given the team’s recent success, the ex-Liverpool forward insists he’ll never get tired of visiting the White House.
“You never get bored of coming here because you’re here because you won the championship and you never get bored of winning things,” he told the club’s official website. “I hope that we’ll be here again next year.”
In fact, Keane has met Obama on more than three occasions, with the two crossing paths in Dublin in 2011, prior to his move to LA.
“We spoke about when he was in Ireland in 2011 and I got to meet him. He gave a great speech there and said, ‘Is féidir linn’ which means ‘Yes we can’ [in Irish Gaelic],” he added. “I said that back to him and he said without any hesitation, ‘Yes we can.’ That was a real moment for me.”
The Galaxy have been hit with a couple of significant losses during the offseason, having seen US legend Landon Donovan retire, and midfield stalwart Marcelo Sarvas traded to the Colorado Rapids in anticipation of Steven Gerrard’s summer move.
Nevertheless, with the Liverpool skipper coming on board to reunite with his former Reds teammate Keane, Bruce Arena’s side should be firmly in the hunt for another championship in 2015.