The captain of Bruce Arena‘s Los Angeles Galaxy, the King of Irish Soccer, Robbie Keane, is proud to announce that he has acquired a UEFA A Coaching License. Next up is a UEFA Pro License, after passing the assessment before Christmas last month.
“It has been a long process with a lot of hours put in and I’m delighted to have completed the programme,” said Keane. “There was a lot more to it than just being out on the pitch coaching players and I’ve had to take on board an enormous amount of information. Aspects such as analysis, theory, periodisation, preparation for sessions and various other assignments were testing but over the period of time I’ve been involved in it things came together.
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) January 9, 2016
“Ever since Greig Paterson met with the Senior International squad about the idea, and I discussed getting my qualifications, it was with a view to ensuring I did the work required to coach at the highest level when the time comes and I’m delighted I was afforded the opportunity to do that at home in Ireland. I’d like to particularly thank Jason Donohue for the work he put in to tutor me on the course.”
“Obviously with his career still taking up most of his time – not to mention the fact that Robbie lives in Los Angeles for most of the year – there were only certain windows available for Robbie to come over and put in the hours necessary to meet UEFA’s requirements,” said Football Association of Ireland Coach Education Manager Greig Paterson. “Right from the start he committed himself fully to doing what was required and embraced the whole learning experience in order to attain the necessary competencies of what was a very demanding curriculum. It’s very pleasing to see that work has paid off and he has completed the course fully.
“His playing career speaks for itself but he would be the first one to tell you how he has learned and developed as a coach since taking the first steps, and also how we pushed him out of his comfort zone at times. I’d like to thank our tutors for their work, and also the students and players from IT Carlow and the FAI ETB Courses who participated in the sessions on Robbie’s behalf.”
As a little bonus, here’s the Galaxy’s 2016 schedule.
|Sunday, March 6 (UNI, UniMas)||DC||Los Angeles||7:00 p.m.|
|Saturday, March 12 (MLS, MLS)||Colorado||Colorado||4:00 p.m.|
|Saturday, March 19 (MLS, MLS)||San Jose||Los Angeles||7:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, Apr. 2 (MLS, MLS)||Vancouver||Vancouver||TBA|
|Sunday, Apr. 10 (FS1, FS1)||Portland||Los Angeles||6:30 p.m.|
|Friday, Apr. 15 (UNI, UniMas)||Houston||Houston||4:00 p.m.|
|Saturday, Apr. 23 (MLS, MLS)||Real Salt Lake||Los Angeles||7:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, May 1 (FS1, FS1)||Kansas City||Kansas City||5:00 p.m.|
|Sunday, May 8 (ESPN, ESPN)||New England||Los Angeles||12:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday, May 11 (MLS, MLS)||Philadelphia||Philadelphia||TBA|
|Sunday, May 22 (FS1, FS1)||San Jose||Los Angeles||4:00 p.m.|
|Sunday, May 29 (FS1, FS1)||Montreal||Montreal||4:00 p.m.|
|Thursday, June 2 (MLS, MLS)||Kansas City||Los Angeles||7:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, June 18 (MLS, MLS)||Toronto||Toronto||TBA|
|Wednesday, June 22 (MLS, MLS)||Colorado||Los Angeles||7:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, June 25 (UNI, UniMas)||San Jose||San Jose||7:00 p.m.|
|Monday, July 4 (MLS, MLS)||Vancouver||Los Angeles||7:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, July 9 (ESPN, ESPN)||Seattle||Seattle||12:00 p.m.|
|Friday, July 15 (UNI, UniMas)||Houston||Los Angeles||8:00 p.m.|
|Saturday, July 23 (ESPN, ESPN)||Portland||Portland||12:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, July 31 (ESPN, ESPN)||Seattle||Seattle||1:00 p.m.|
|Sunday, Aug. 7 (FS1, FS1)||New York Red Bulls||Los Angeles||6:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, Aug. 13 (MLS, MLS)||Colorado||Los Angeles||7:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, Aug. 20 (ESPN, ESPN)||New York||New York||12:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday, Aug. 24 (MLS, MLS)||Chicago||Chicago||5:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, Aug. 27 (MLS, MLS)||Vancouver||Los Angeles||7:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, Sept. 3 (MLS, MLS)||Columbus||Los Angeles||7:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday, Sept. 7 (MLS, MLS)||Real Salt Lake||Real Salt Lake||6:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, Sept. 11 (FS1, FS1)||Orlando||Los Angeles||4:00 p.m.|
|Sunday, Sept. 18 (ESPN, ESPN)||Kansas City||Kansas City||10:00 a.m.|
|Sunday, Sept. 25 (ESPN, ESPN)||Seattle||Los Angeles||TBA|
|Saturday, Oct. 1 (MLS, MLS)||Dallas||Dallas||1:00 p.m.|
|Sunday, Oct. 16 (MLS, MLS)||Houston||Houston||4:00 p.m.|
|Sunday, Oct. 23 (MLS, MLS)||Dallas||Los Angeles||1:00 p.m.|
Meanwhile, we have our list of Generation Adidas players for the Jan. 20 MLS SuperDraft. Here’s the list and dossier, courtesy of MLSSoccer.com.
Julian Buescher | MF | Duelmen, Germany | Syracuse University
The sophomore midfielder put in a memorable season for the Orange, ending the 2015 season with eight goals and 11 assists on the way to being voted second team NSCAA All-America and selected to the 2015 College Cup all-tournament team. The native of Duelmen, Germany was also voted first team all-ACC and to the ACC all-tournament team.
Jack Harrison | MF | Bolton, England | Wake Forest University
Harrison was the only freshman in the nation to be named an NSCAA First Team All-American and ended the 2015 season with eight goals and 11 assists. The England native, who attended boarding school in Massachusetts, was also named the ACC Offensive Player, Freshman of the Year and to the all-ACC first team.
Omar Holness | MF | Kingston, Jamaica | University of North Carolina
Made a total of 17 appearances for North Carolina in his sophomore year, recording one goal and one assist. The young midfielder was named to the 2015 All-ACC Second Team and has made one appearance for the Jamaican national team.
Richie Laryea | MF | Toronto, ON, Canada | University of Akron
The sophomore had a standout season for the Zips, earning an NSCAA third team All-America nod, while also claiming first team All-Mid-American Conference honors. Laryea had a team-best 11 goals on the season and ranked second on the team with seven assists.
Andrew Tarbell | GK | Mandeville, LA | Clemson University
The redshirt junior put in an impressive season for Clemson, earning an NSCAA All-America second team nod and being named to the College Cup all-tournament team. The Louisiana native posted a .792 save percentage and nine shutouts, while his 84 saves led the ACC on the way to being named first team all-ACC.
Joshua Yaro | DF | Santa Barbara, CA | Georgetown University
The junior defender had another standout season for the Hoyas, being named to the 2015 NSCAA All-America second team. Yaro recorded one assist on the season and was selected as the Big East Defensive Player of the Year and earned a first team All-Big East nod. The native of Kumasi, Ghana, was also honored for his academic achievements after being named a Division I first team NSCAA Scholar All-American.