LA Galaxy skipper Robbie Keane calls for ex-Leeds misfit's signing

Robbie Keane

Both Keane and Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena were impressed with Finnish midfielder Mika Vayrynen during his recent trial.

LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena has told the club’s official website of his desire to sign Mika Vayrynen following the former Leeds United midfielder’s successful trial, with captain Robbie Keane echoing his manager’s comments.

Vayrynen, 33, linked up with the MLS Cup holders during their recent preseason tour of Europe, featuring in both friendlies, and also scored the game-winning goal in the weekend’s 1-0 win at Shamrock Rovers.

Out of contract at present, the Finland international didn’t return to LA with the team, but Arena is more than open to bringing him to Southern California for a second look.

"He's a good experienced player," said Arena. "It's a possibility [he could return], but we haven't finalized anything yet."

Skipper Keane, another ex-Leeds man, was also impressed with the 59-times capped veteran during his time training with the side, adding: “I was impressed [by Vayrynen]. He was good and he's technically very, very good.”

Vayrynen’s potential arrival in LA would also see him reunited with starting left-back Robbie Rogers, having been teammates at Leeds in 2012.

Much like the US international, Vayrynen’s spell at Elland Road proved less than spectacular, making 12 lacklustre appearances after signing as a free agent in September 2011, before being released just seven months later, but the former Heerenveen star has experienced better fortune since.

Moving back to his native Finland to join HJK Helsinki, he would go on to score seven goals in 57 games across all competitions over the next two seasons, and even impressed enough in the Europa League to earn an international recall.

With Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard not set to join up with LA until the summer, and Brazilian midfielder Marcelo Sarvas traded to the Colorado Rapids last month, Vayrynen would look to be a potential stopgap solution for the first half of 2015.

However, with the new season kicking off next week, Arena will have to move quickly if he wants to get him on board in time for their opening match against the Chicago Fire.

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