November 17, 2016
HE'S KEANE TO LEAVE
Robbie departs after leading Galaxy to three MLS Cup titles
Forward Robbie Keane will depart the LA Galaxy after helping the team win three MLS Cup titles, the team announced Thursday.
Keane recorded 92 goals (26 game-winners) and 51 assists (18 game-winners) in six seasons with the Galaxy.
"I can confirm that after five fantastic years I will be leaving the LA Galaxy,” Keane said in a release. “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.”
“It is hard to put into words what Robbie Keane has meant to the LA Galaxy,” Galaxy coach and general manager Bruce Arena said. “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.”
Keane, 36, signed with the Galaxy on Aug. 15, 2011, scoring in his debut against the San Jose Earthquakes and helping the team capture the 2011 MLS Cup. Keane scored 10 or more goals in each season with the Galaxy, winning MLS Cup titles in 2012 and 2014 and being named MLS MVP in 2014. He was named the LA Galaxy Player of the Year four times (2012-2015). This season, Keane became the fastest player in MLS history to score 100 goals in all competitions.
Keane played for teams in England (Wolverhampton Wanderers, Coventry City, Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and West Ham); Italy (Inter); and Scotland (Celtic), amassing more than 150 goals. He scored 80 goals with Tottenham from 2002-2008.
Keane has scored a Republic of Ireland record 68 goals in 146 appearances over 18 years. His 68 goals internationally make him the 15th-leading goal scorer in international history.