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MLS: Robbie Keane Departs LA Galaxy After Five Seasons

CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Robbie Keane #7 of Los Angeles Galaxy celebrates his goal with Giovani dos Santos #10 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)

At the Los Angeles Galaxy, it is certain that a new era will be coming to this proud organization. Robbie Keane, the King of Irish Soccer from Dublin, is stepping away from the Galaxy after five seasons with the club. Keane led the Galaxy to MLS Cups in 2011, 2012 and 2014, a dynasty spanning four years that saw LA establish itself as the most successful club in Major League Soccer. With Bruce Arena also rumored to possibly replace Jurgen Klinsmann as manager of the USA Men’s National Team, it is certain that big changes are on the way in LA in terms of player personnel and coaching staff.

Here are Robbie Keane’s words to the Galaxy supporters following his announcement of departure.

LA Galaxy Supporters,

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.

Thanks,

Robbie Keane

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With Keane and Steven Gerrard now out of the picture, Giovani dos Santos is now the main main at the Galaxy, and there is a possibility that with a spot open, one can imagine his brother Jonathan dos Santos joining. Landon Donovan has yet to commit to returning next year but if he does return, he will become a key provider to two competent playmakers.

As a matter of fact, the door is wide open to any big name filling the void left by Gerrard and Keane. With the Galaxy and Orlando City pursuing Frank Lampard for a second MLS stint, there is reason to believe that more big names will be donning the iconic white strip with blue and gold sashes of the Galaxy. In any case, it has been a great five-year run for Robbie Keane, and he permanently leaves his mark as a club legend inside the halls and on the pitch of the StubHub Center in Carson.

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