How Acquired: Signed by the Galaxy on August 15, 2011.
Now entering his first full season with the club, Keane’s arrival helped to reenergize the Galaxy roster last season while his goal scoring and creative abilities were central to the club’s success in the postseason. The captain of Ireland, meaning that he is expected to miss part of the season while at the European Championships, Keane is one of the most talented forwards in MLS and he will look to illustrate that this year.
2011: Signed with the Galaxy on 8/15 and made his debut five days later, scoring the team’s first goal in a 2-0 home win vs. San Jose. He made his CONCACAF Champions League debut on 8/25 in a 2-0 win vs. Alajuelense and then scored his first goal in that competition at Morelia on 9/13, giving LA a 1-0 lead early in the second half. He looked to have scored a late winner in that game, only for the strike to be wrongly called back by the referee’s assistant. Keane scored his second goal in MLS play four days later while also adding an assist in the 3-0 win vs. Vancouver on 9/17. He played just two more games for the club before the postseason, one in the Champions League at Alajuelense and at home vs. Real Salt Lake because of injuries and international duty, but he was fully fit for the MLS Cup Playoffs. He started all four games during the postseason, hitting the post or crossbar in each of the games with New York as well as the Conference Championship against Real Salt Lake. He scored his first postseason goal in the 68th minute of that game, giving his team a comfortable 3-1 advantage. He was back in the starting lineup for MLS Cup and helped set up Landon Donovan’s game-winning goal to give LA a 1-0 win and their third MLS Cup championship. After the season, Keane played in all three of the club’s international friendlies, scoring a team-best four goals on the Asia Pacific Tour.
2012: Joined Aston Villa on loan ahead of the start of the 2012 MLS season. He made his debut for the club in a 1-1 draw with Everton on 1/14, facing Galaxy teammate Landon Donovan. He made his first start for the club a week later and scored twice, leading Villa to a 3-2 win. He went on to appear in seven games for the club, scoring his third and final goal for Villa against Newcastle. 2009-11: Returned to Tottenham and scored 15 goals for the club in 49 games over the next three seasons. During that time he enjoyed a wildly successful loan to Celtic of the Scottish Premier League, scoring 16 goals in 19 games for the club while also spending time on loan at West Ham, scoring twice for them in 10 games during the 2009-10 season. 2008-09: Keane signed with Liverpool in August 2008 and scored seven goals in 28 games for the club, including five in the Premier League, but he returned to Tottenham in January 2009. 2002-08: Joined Tottenham Hotspur for the first time in August 2002 and instantly became one of their top goal scorers, tallying more than 100 goals in six seasons for the club, including a career-best 23 goals in 54 games during the 2007-08 campaign. A total of 80 of the 107 goals he scored were in the Premier League where he reached double figures in goals in all six seasons. His first spell at the club ended after helping Spurs win the League Cup in 2008, playing 102 minutes in that game while helping Spurs beat Chelsea 2-1 in extra time. 2000-02: Joined Leeds United initially on loan in December 2000 and went on to score nine goals in 18 Premier League games for the club, helping them to a fourth place finish. After making his move to the club permanent, Keane scored nine goals in 33 games during the 2001-02 season but was then sold to Spurs early the following season. 2000: Spent six months playing for Inter Milan in Serie A after signing for the club in July. He appeared in 14 games for the club in all competitions, scoring three times but was loaned to Leeds United in soon after arriving in Italy, limiting him to just six games in Serie A. 1999-2000: Joined Coventry City early in the 1999-2000 Premier League season and helped the Sky Blues to a 14th place finish, scoring 12 goals in 31 games in the league before being sold to Inter Milan ahead of the start of the following season. 1997-99: Made his professional debut at the age of 17 for Wolverhapton Wanderers after rising through the club’s youth ranks. He scored twice on his debut against Norwich City and scored more than 10 goals in each of his two full seasons with the club before being sold to Coventry City in 1999.
Ireland’s all-time leader in goals and their current captain, Keane has 53 goals in 114 appearances for his country. A member of Ireland’s Under-18 European Championship winning sides in 1998, Keane made his full international debut against the Czech Republic in March 1998 and scored his first goals for Ireland seven months later in a win over Malta in October. A member of Ireland’s squad at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, he scored three times in four games at the tournament. His first came from a stoppage time equalizer against Germany before scoring his team’s first goal in the 3-0 win over Saudi Arabia that booked Ireland a berth in the Round of 16. There, Ireland would face Spain and Keane would score a 90th minute penalty to tie the score at 1-1 and send the match to extra time and then penalties. He would convert his spot kick in the deciding penalty shootout but Ireland would lose 3-2 and were eliminated from the World Cup. He scored his 22nd and 23rd goals for Ireland in October 2004 to become the country’s all-time leading goal scorer, tallying twice in a 2-0 home win over the Faroe Islands. He was appointed Ireland’s captain in March 2006 and led Ireland to the playoffs for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, scoring six times in 12 qualifiers, only to see Ireland controversially lose to France in the playoffs. He collected his 100th cap for Ireland on 8/11/10 in a friendly with Argentina. He scored the 45th goal of his career for Ireland at home against Russia on 10/8/10 in a Euro 2012 qualifier with that being the first time in Ireland had lost a game when Keane scored a goal. He went on to score seven times in 11 qualifiers, including two in the playoff against Estonia to lead his team to a spot in the 2012 European Championships, their first major international tournament in 10 years. His eight goals for Ireland in 2011, which included the 50th of his career in a win over Macedonia, were the most of his international career in a single year.