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A-League: We Sing For Keano? Western Sydney Wanderers Looking For Robbie Keane’s Services

CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Robbie Keane #7 of Los Angeles Galaxy during Los Angeles Galaxy's MLS match against Orlando City SC at the StubHub Center on September 11, 2016 in Carson, California. The Los Angeles Galaxy won the match 4-2. (Photo by Shaun Clark/Getty Images)
A-League: We Sing For Keano? Western Sydney Wanderers Looking For Robbie Keane’s Services

After five years of being a hero at the Los Angeles Galaxy, perhaps there is more football to be had from the King of Irish Soccer, Robbie Keane. Tony Popovic’s Western Sydney Wanderers have fallen on hard times and have been burned by the competition through the first third of the home-and-away season and need someone to provide production, leadership and experience. Keano provides the answer, according to the Wanderers brains trust.

 

“He’s certainly a player it’s hard not to have a look at,” Popovic said. “I’m sure there are several that are being mentioned and there are more than several that have been put on our desk, but obviously Robbie is the one everyone is talking about at the moment.

“He’s had a fantastic career, he’s a great player and still scoring goals, so he’s certainly a player we’d have a look at. We’ll have a look and if we feel someone can help our squad in the second half of the year in challenging for a title and also the Champions League, we’ll certainly look at that and try and bolster.”

However, the Wanderers aren’t the only ones looking for Keane. The Brisbane Roar, under the tutelage of John Aloisi, are having a far better season and need Keane’s moxie and savvy and football IQ to catch up with John van’t Schip’s Melbourne City and the class of the A-League, Graham Arnold’s Sydney FC. Both sides are playing in the FFA Cup Final at the tail end of November.

 

“I know Mark [Kingsman] has mentioned it in the media but as a football department…I haven’t spoken to the owners about any marquee player,” Aloisi said earlier this week, addressing the rumors. “They’re the ones who will decide if we’re allowed to get a guest marquee player, and then we’ll decide if it’s good for our team.”

With Steven Gerrard (who has since chosen to retire) and Robbie Keane being looked at as options in the A-League, Major League Soccer is once again proving to be a boost to the rising club competition in Australia and New Zealand, the Hyundai A-League. Singing for Keano yet, Red and Black Bloc?

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Jo-Ryan Salazar is a writer for The Stoppage Time, a soccer blog powered by Azteca Soccer. A supporter of the Los Angeles Galaxy since 1996 and a committed supporter since 2002, Jo-Ryan also follows Chelsea FC, Melbourne Victory, FC Tokyo and Paris Saint-Germain. Apart from soccer, Jo-Ryan is an administrative assistant for a local nonprofit in Long Beach, California and also does photography, photo-editing and fictional writing.

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