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Galaxy close to deal with Keane, look to shop Angel

DUBLIN, IRELAND - AUGUST 10:  Republic of Ireland Captain Robbie Keane in action during the International Friendly between the Republic of Ireland and Croatia at the Aviva Stadium on August 10, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

 

BY ADAM SERRANO

Robbie Keane looks to be on his way to Los Angeles.

A deal is in place for the Galaxy to sign the Ireland International, multiple sources told SBI on Friday. If Keane does come to the Home Depot Center, it would be in conjunction with a trade of Juan Pablo Angel from the Galaxy to clear a Designated Player slot for Keane.

Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena stated on Wednesday that the Galaxy were interested in adding to their attack and the experienced Keane fits the bill.

According to sources, the Galaxy are shopping Angel, with his preference being to go an East Coast team. Several East teams could use a striker, including D.C. United, Philadelphia and Columbus, but at this point it is unclear which team is the favorite to land the Colombian striker.

Keane, a Republic of Ireland international has played for a number of top clubs in England, spending the last two seasons on loan away from Tottenham Hotspur. During his time on loan, Keane played for Celtic and West Ham United. In recent days, Keane had been linked with a potential move to Leicester City. 

More details will be posted as the story develops.

148 comments
  • Seej

    This leaves LA with only one good striker….where they were with Buddle last season. Keane can’t do it alone. They need to find a way to add Keane for less than a DP contract, or find a way to bring in another player with him.

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  • Josh

    I think Seattle has the players around him to make a difference. He could finally put them over the top. At his age, Montero is the perfect strike partner for him…Make the move LA

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  • Edwin in LA

    Wasn’t Michael Vick and the Falcons who ended that streak? Followed by the Giants who surprised the 08 undefeated Patriots? lol

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  • Chris

    That’s a little bit deceptive, Keane was playing with good service from his Celtic teammates against competition that is more often than not worse than an MLS side.

    He’s still a good player though, I’m guessing something like a 2 goals every 3 games ratio with Beckham and Lando healthy

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  • WK

    No kidding- the Quakes are Tottnehams’s “partner club” yet we’ve only managed to obtain an often-injured Dawkins.

    Agree that karma keeps LA from winning another championship, considering the way the league does all they can to help.

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  • Shark

    Don’t rub it in, they could have an ace up their sleeve right now. Who plays opposite Keane? Chad Barrett, Adam Cristman???

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  • Oscar

    Buddle faded at the end of every year anyway…Arena doesnt understand that you need 2 competent strikers

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  • Rick

    Is JPA the other player Nowak is trying to get?….He could be that missing veteran piece to put them over the top

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  • georg

    Love the salary cap for MLS and the salary cap for L.A and N.Y. Really kind of a joke if you think about it.

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  • asimismo

    Sounders season ticket holder here. I have 0 interest in seeing the Sounders get their own stadium. CenturyLink is an awesome place to watch a game. Great location, great sight lines, growth potential.

    Like most I’d like to see grass, but if it happens it won’t be until after Husky Stadium is redone since they’re sharing the the CLink and there’d be too much traffic on it for grass. Best we can do is a new FieldTurf for another couple years.

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  • frank

    I think this is about the Galaxy wanting to win Champions League and play a real game against Man U, Barcelona, etc….Keane will be a bigger problems for Mexican/Central American teams provided the refs don’t hamstring him….

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  • UrBigProfMan

    maybe they wanna make a few bucks doing a few stops in Asia after the season like they did 3 years ago

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  • UrBigProfMan

    all the more reason to drive your Vergaras, your Krafts, and your Wolffs from the league

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  • UrBigProfMan

    with one exception Tommy, LA’s blowout of Dallas in 08 in front of a packed house at Pizza House park nearly tanked that franchise. By all accounts, the franchise was severly hurt and took a long time to recover, financially and in support.

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  • UrBigProfMan

    wait, how do you know it would count w/respect to half of the cap? if a team hasnt had a DP like Chivas or Quakes, then I dont see how you can apply the whole DP dynamics on half a cap. I’m guessing some team takes him for 455k, or whatever the DP max is for rest of season, and LA “covering” the other 200k of his 600k half year salary

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  • UrBigProfMan

    i might be wrong, but werent the Galaxy being paid a million bucks per friendly match for visiting Asia and Aus/NZ a few years back? I seem to recall that figure. You just need 4 stops to pay Keane off

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  • TommyOC

    I believe the behavior of Ruiz and Serioux had just as much to do with disinterest in Dallas at that time.

    And the decision to build your uninspired park in Frisco has been roundly criticized since its opening.

    As for the day you mentionws, the crowd came to see Beckham put on a show and he did. They got their money’s worth.

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  • TommyOC

    Both his and Landon’s productivity dipped after their long world Cup summer. I wouldn’t hold that against him.

    As for Arena, he only needs one strong finisher if he lets Landon play an AM role.

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  • Guy

    Man you guys are beyond cry babies. How does the league help LA? San Ho doesn’t win anything because they don’t deserve anything. No fans. If you think the “partner” club thing goes further than AEG’s financial interests with Tottenham you’ve been smoking meth with the 1906 Ultras too many times.

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  • JJ

    Hello. We see you are in need of some assistance to get this deal done. Seattle is here to support the league as usual. We’ll take him. We’ll sign Keane and you can watch him play anytime. You’re welcome.

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  • Juan from L.A.

    Good riddance…it was wrong to get rid of Bowen for an old and overall DP wasting Angel…his good years are way over…retire Angel!!! Welcome Keane!

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  • UrBigProfMan

    right, but i believe this moment is mentioned in grant wahls book as pivotal in dallas franchise since its ownership group were actually hosting potential advertisers on that day. anyway, so my point is the fizzle went out of what they were building in dal and it took 2 years to finally see a turn around AS POSSIBLE. My sense is that those w/in MLS owners who were against DPs and high salary caps in the mos to follow probably pointed to that game in their arguments for ensuring parity

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  • larry

    yea …JPA will do just great on seattle’s carpet

    i suspect he’ll just retire after he’s bought out

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  • nick

    Yea, like no one gets a hit in a 100 straight MLB games or no one scores 50 goals in a pro soccer game. Its just a matter of time right? Oh wait, it isn’t always. Just because something hasn’t happened yet doesn’t mean it will happen. When there is a salary cap it is important to not spend too much on a few players. Teams need depth just ask the Red Bulls.

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  • A wise man once

    So, if LA don’t sign Keane today, the Transfer Window closes and they can’t get him, right?

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  • Naboo

    Am i the only one who thinks Keane has been garbage for the past few years? He misses so many sitters! Wish LAG would uncover the next agudelo/najar/shea instead of signing players like this…but i understand it will bring a little excitement for some of you guys, but i for one have thought Keane has been crappy for a while now and won’t be that great for LAG. Just my 2cents, hopefully he’ll improve the league!!! Vamos United!

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  • Ski Fast!

    Soooo, any updates? ESPN is reporting (among other outlets) that Spurs have said they’ve agreed with LA Galaxy on a transfer price…

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  • thomas

    LA gets more star players because it’s LA – Players with Keane’s resume can afford to reject small clubs in small cities with low prospects of winning silverware.

    Just look LA has won the Supporter’s Shield already and travelling to central America in the CCL will see packed stadiums everywhere – Beckham’s final chapter in his career where he takes MLS to the CWC in Japan is already written!

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