Keane eyes ‘one last major challenge’ after LA Galaxy exit

Date published: Friday 18th November 2016 10:50

Robbie Keane: Walks away after five years in Los Angeles

Robbie Keane: Walks away after five years in Los Angeles

Robbie Keane will leave the LA Galaxy when his contract expires at the end of the year, the Major League Soccer club have announced.

The 36-year-old, who retired from international football earlier this year after scoring a record 68 goals in 146 appearances for the Republic of Ireland, has spent six seasons in Los Angeles since leaving Tottenham.

During that time he has helped them to win three MLS Cups, scoring over 100 goals and providing more than 50 assists.

“I can confirm that after five fantastic years I will be leaving the LA Galaxy,” Keane told LA Galaxy’s official website.

“It’s been a privilege to have played my part in the history of such a great club and I leave with memories that will stay with me forever.

“Winning three MLS Cups, scoring over 100 goals for the club and being named as 2014 MVP are all achievements that I will look back on with pride.

“It’s been an incredible experience. I’ve truly loved every minute of my time at LA Galaxy.”

Keane insists he has no plans to retire, and the former Leeds, Liverpool and Inter Milan forward will instead seek one last challenge in club football.

“I believe that now is the right time for a new challenge as I look towards the next chapter of my playing career,” he added.

“I still feel as fit and sharp as ever and I am looking forward to my next adventure.

“Having now retired from international football I am ready to focus everything I have on one last major challenge in club football and will be taking time out to consider my options before announcing my next move.

“I would like to thank everyone at the Galaxy including the board, manager and all of my team-mates for their incredible support during my time in LA.

“Finally, I would like to thank the most important people at the club: the fans. Thank you for welcoming me as one of your own and for helping to make LA such a special place for both me and my family.

“The city has become my second home and I will never forget the unbelievable backing you’ve given me during my time at the Galaxy. The great times we have shared will stay with me forever.

“I look forward to watching the club continue to grow and progress in the coming years.

“It’s been an honour to captain your team and I am so proud of everything we have achieved together. Thank you for everything.”

Earlier this year Keane became the fastest player in MLS history to score 100 goals in all competitions and was named the competition’s Most Valuable Player in 2014.

The Galaxy’s head coach and general manager Bruce Arena hailed Keane’s impact during his time in North America.

“It is hard to put into words what Robbie Keane has meant to the LA Galaxy,” said Arena.

“From day one, Keane has given everything to this team both on and off the field and has led our club to some of its greatest accomplishments.

“His resume and accomplishments speak for themselves; he has been the most successful international signing in this league’s history.

“We thank Robbie for everything he has given to this club and this city and we wish him the best in whatever comes next in his career.”

I can confirm that after five fantastic years I will be leaving the LA Galaxy. It’s been a privilege to have played my part in the history of such a great club and I leave with memories that will stay with me forever. Winning three MLS Cups, scoring over 100 goals for the club and being named as 2014 MVP are all achievements that I will look back on with pride, it’s been an incredible experience, I’ve truly loved every minute of my time at LA Galaxy. However, I believe that now is the right time for a new challenge as I look towards the next chapter of my playing career. I still feel as fit and sharp as ever and I am looking forward to my next adventure. Having now retired from international football I am ready to focus everything I have on one last major challenge in club football and will be taking time out to consider my options before announcing my next move. I would like to thank everyone at the Galaxy including the board, manager and all of my teammates for their incredible support during my time in LA. Finally, I would like to thank the most important people at the club; the fans. Thank you for welcoming me as one of your own and for helping to make LA such a special place for both me and my family. The city has become my second home and I will never forget the unbelievable backing you’ve given me during my time at the Galaxy. The great times we have shared will stay with me forever. I look forward to watching the club continue to grow and progress in the coming years. It’s been an honour to captain your team and I am so proud of everything we have achieved together. Thank you for everything.

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