LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane rewarded with new long-term deal

Robbie Keane

The ex-Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur striker is set to line up alongside the soon-to-arrive Steven Gerrard for the next two MLS seasons.

The LA Galaxy have pulled off another major coup ahead of Steven Gerrard’s highly-anticipated summer arrival, having secured captain Robbie Keane to a new long-term deal.

Keane, 34, has been one of the shinning starts of MLS since arriving from Tottenham Hotspur in August 2011, recording 55 goals and 36 assists in 91 regular-season games, while also helping LA win three of the past four MLS Cup titles.

In addition, the Irishman also claimed the league’s MVP award last term after scoring 19 times and adding 14 assists in 29 appearances, before bagging the extra-time winner in December’s MLS Cup final against the New England Revolution.

Speaking to the club’s official website, head coach and general manager Bruce Arena said: “We’re very pleased Robbie will continue to be a member of the Galaxy in the coming years. He has been one of the key pieces in our success over the past five seasons. We look forward to even more success with Robbie as a member of our team.”

LA have endured somewhat of a slow start to the 2015 season, having picked up 21 points from their 16 matches after recording five wins, six draws and five defeats to sit in sixth-place in the Western Conference.

That should not come as much of a surprise, though, having seen club legend Landon Donovan retire in the winter and missed Keane for a seven-game stretch after the talismanic striker picked up a groin strain in April.

The former Liverpool man is now back fit, however, and, with ex-Reds teammate Steven Gerrard set to join him at the StubHub Center next month, their results should soon pick up.

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