LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane says he's "on the mend" but plans to take his time coming back from groin strain
CARSON, Calif. – Robbie Keane is on the mend but the LA Galaxy captain says that he’s still a week away from contending for a place in the team’s starting XI.
For a second consecutive day, Keane took part in light training with the Galaxy’s head of strength and conditioning, Daniel Guzman as he aims to return from a nagging groin strain. The strain has left Keane on the shelf for the last six straight matches, which is the longest amount of time missed the Irish striker has missed since joining the Galaxy back in 2011.
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena contends that Keane is in high spirits as he makes his recovery but for the Irishman, the lengthy layoff has been difficult.
“I love playing. It’s been frustrating, but it’s the way it is. If it had been a good few years ago I probably would have been an absolute disaster in the locker room. I’m the worst person in the world to be injured,” Keane told reporters. “You have to make sure you look after yourself well and want to get back as quick as I can. I’m certainly on the mend; I just have to be very, very careful.”
Keane appeared ready to return from the injury several weeks ago but suffered a setback in training that caused him to miss even more time. In light of his setback, Keane admits to being more measured in his recovery, knowing that it is in his best interest not to rush back—no matter how much it hurts to be on the sidelines.
“For me, the most important thing is getting back to training by the end of this week or the start of next week and seeing how I am,” said Keane. “I’m not going to say, ‘I hope to be back next week’ because I thought I was going to be back two or three weeks ago, and I wasn’t. I just want to start concentrating on getting back training next week, and we’ll take it from there.”
CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Keane was named to the Republic of Ireland's 33-man preliminary roster for their upcoming friendly against archrival England on June 7 and UEFA Euro 2016 Group D Scotland on June 13.
The Galaxy captain has not played in the team's last six matches due to a groin strain but could return to the training field this week ahead of the team's date with Orlando City SC. Currently all signs point to Keane being fit by the time that Ireland boss Martin O'Neill trims his roster on June 1.
Having a healthy Keane in the lineup will only boost Ireland's European Championship hopes as the Boys in Green currently find themselves in fourth place in Group D, two points behind the Scots.
CARSON, Calif. –The LA Galaxy have played their last four games without captain Robbie Keane due to a groin strain, and may be in line to play two more matches with their Irish forward out of the lineup.
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters on Monday that no decisions have been made on Keane’s status for the team’s upcoming eight day road trip that will feature matches against Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas.
“I haven’t decided our travel roster yet,” Arena said.
The Galaxy’s last four matches without the Irishman haven’t always featured the finest displays of attacking soccer but the team has earned results as LA have racked up a 2-0-2 record with the captain on the shelf. Although the Galaxy readily admit that they’ve missed their captain, defender Dan Gargan says that Keane’s absence is no excuse for their form as of late.
“Obviously, he changes the game when he’s on the field. But it’s not an excuse as to why we put 11 players on the field and we’re not playing up to our potential,” Gargan said. "I think our game changes with him on the field and vice versa with him off the field. I think we’re good enough to get results as we have done. But we’re also good enough to find a better form than what we’re putting out right now.”
CARSON, Calif. -- On Wednesday, the LA Galaxy returned to the training ground for the first time this week, but captain Robbie Keane was not with the squad.
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena confirmed to reporters that Keane did not take part in the team's first session ahead of this Saturday's clash with the Colorado Rapids. Arena revealed that the Irishman will continue to be evalauted throughout the week as he looks to recover from a groin strain that has caused him to miss the last three games.
Although the Galaxy have gone unbeaten in the three games that Keane has missed, Arena admits that the Irishman's absence has been felt particularly due to the fact that LA has started three different forward combinations since the captain went down.
"It is an impact. We don't have any Robbie Keanes sitting on the bench at the moment," Arena said. "When you lose Robbie, you lose some characteristics of your attack but then it takes a little bit of time. But having said that since when Robbie has been out, we've still been able to get points. It is what it is."
While Keane's status is still in doubt, Arena did have positive news regarding Jose Villarreal who the Galaxy boss is, "will be getting back [to practice] soon."
Bruce Arena provides LA Galaxy injury update; says he's undecided on Gyasi Zardes and Omar Gonzalez's role for Saturday
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy have dealt with the injury bug over the last several weeks, and now head coach Bruce Arena will have to evaluate the statuses of returning internationals Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes ahead of the weekend clash with Sporting Kansas City .
The Galaxy duo both went a full 90 minutes in the U.S. National Team’s 2-0 victory over archrival Mexico in San Antonio on Wednesday. Both players returned to Southern California on Thursday but according to Arena, he’ll have some thinking to do when he decides whether to slot the pair in the starting lineup for the match with Sporting.
“We have players that have been injured over the last two or three weeks, going to likely return. Jose Villarreal, Robbie Keane is a possibility, Mika Vayaynen is a possibility, AJ DeLaGarza is coming back from a slight injury, Edson Buddle’s probably going to be available. A number of players. That makes for a good week," Arena told reporters on Thrusday. "However, we have to be cautious with players that played with the U.S. team last night. That will be their third game in a week. We gotta make a decision on whether they’re going to be involved with our team on Saturday.”
Like many, Arena did not take too much from the Americans latest 2-0 win over Mexico, remarking that the pitiful field conditions took away from the overall product.
“I don’t think it’s a game you could say a whole lot about," Arena said. "The playing conditions were so poor, Mexico put out a good team that certainly is not their team. I don’t know what you make out of that. On the night the US was certainly the better team and deserved to win.”
Gyasi Zardes and Robbie Keane say they must be better after LA Galaxy fall to Vancouver Whitecaps FC
VANCOUVER, B.C. --The LA Galaxy offense put forth one of their most disappointing showings recent memory during last Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Against the Whitecaps, the Galaxy found themselves neutralized as the forward tandem of Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes had little room to operate as Vancouver’s high pressure defense limited their opportunities.The Whitecaps defensive strategy meant that goalkeeper David Ousted had an easy day at the office, with the Galaxy’s lone shot on goal not coming until the 67th minute by virtue of a soft rolling shot by second half substitute Edson Buddle.
Following the match, Zardes told reporters that it was time for LA’s forwards to work on their chemistry after such a lethargic showing at BC Place.
“It’s early, a bunch of us left with our national team, our attacking forwards, it’s hard to come back and just get in the groove of it, but then again there’s no excuses we didn’t show up,” Zardes said. “This week we’re going to work on our chemistry, just getting the ball moving. Usually we outplay teams, we don’t let other teams touch the ball, although tonight we let Vancouver catch a rhythm.”
Keane was quick to disagree, however, stating that LA's struggles were simply based on the impressive defense that Vancouver provided in their convincing victory.
“They played better than us, it’s not about chemistry," Keane said. "Tonight that obviously wasn’t there but you know it wasn’t because we weren’t trying, it was the fact that they were the better team.”
CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Keane is back in training with the LA Galaxy and after spending the last week with the Republic of Ireland, he's set to take on Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday at a sold-out BC Place.
Keane returned to the Galaxy on Tuesday after helping the Republic of Ireland to a 1-1 draw against Poland in a Euro 2016 qualifier last week. For his first match back with LA, Keane and the Galaxy will travel to BC Place, and play on a surface that Keane has been openly critical of in the past.
This time around, however, Keane is not interested in airing any grievences about BC Place's turf, but rather the Irishman is quick to pile compliments on a much improved Vancouver Whitecaps FC side.
"We know what to expect. We’ve played there before, it’s obviously tough conditions playing on turf but we know how to handle it," Keane said. "They’ve got a good team and one of my best friends [Carl Robinson] is the manager and we’ve seen a difference with him creating a good environment and atmosphere there. It’ll be a tough game, but it’s one that we’re looking forward to play."
LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane started and went a full 90 minutes as the Republic of Ireland earned a late 1-1 draw with Poland in their Euro 2016 qualifier in Dublin on Sunday.
After a tentative start from the Irish, the Poles pulled ahead after 26 minutes when Slawomir Peszko put the Polish squad ahead of their Group D rivals. Keane’s play was vital for the Irish as they looked for their equalizer, with the Galaxy forward coming close on several occasions to notching his 66th international goal. The closest such attempt came in the 72nd minute when Keane nodded a James McClean cross into the upright. Ireland finally got their goal in stoppage time from second half substitute Shane Long who scored from close range to give the hosts a point.
The Republic of Ireland now find themselves in fourth place with eight points in Group D play after five games. Poland remains the group leader with 11 points while Germany and Scotland remain tied for second with 10 points apiece. The Irish squad will convene again in June for a friendly against England in Dublin before hosting Scotland in a Euro 2016 qualifying match.
By the Numbers: LA Galaxy seek to earn points on the road against D.C. United without a trio of starters
WASHINGTON -- The LA Galaxy will face off against their old foes D.C. United on Saturday evening at RFK Stadium.
The Galaxy will take on United without the services of starters Robbie Keane, Jaime Penedo and Gyasi Zardes due to international duty. In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's "By the Numbers", we look at the Galaxy's record without Keane since his signing in 2011.
Check it out below.
PORTLAND, Ore. – “Character” results are one of the most tried and true sports clichés around, but the LA Galaxy made that narrative a reality with their late 2-2 draw with the Portland Timbers on Sunday.
Amid rain and high winds that made the already difficult Providence Park turf pitch even tougher, the Galaxy dominated the match, but still needed to overcome two deficits to steal a point on the road against the Timbers. The final touch came just seconds after Portland pulled ahead in the 90th minute when an Alan Gordon header sealed a draw for the Galaxy.
After the match, Galaxy captain Robbie Keane was not frustrated about missed opportunities, but commending his squad on the grit that they showed.
“We kept battling. I told the lads before the game that we’re probably the best footballing team in the league, or one of, but sometimes you have to show a little bit more than that,” said Keane. “Sometimes you can’t play under difficult circumstances and today was one of those circumstances even though they allowed us to play and we dominated the second half as they dropped off a lot. It’s about battling through and showing some heart. We certainly showed that today.”
Gordon, who was once again the late game hero, agreed that LA’s show of character will help the team going forward in the season.
“To come back and steal a point is huge for our momentum going back to L.A.,” Gordon said.