There are now just a mere two weeks left until the 2014 MLS Season opens up, and North American soccer fans are anxiously waiting in anticipation. For those who are filling out their fantasy rosters now, make sure to grab Robbie Keane.
Over the last 15 years, there have been few forwards in the world who have shown as much consistency as Keane, who has scored 198 goals in 504 league games in the Barclays Premier League, Scottish Premier League, Serie A and MLS. When you add the fact that he is the highest-scoring player in Ireland’s history, it is clear that this is a man who scores wherever he goes.
While he was a bit of a nomad during his time over in Europe, he has now found a permanent home with the Los Angeles Galaxy, and he has scored 41 goals with 14 assists in 67 league appearances since joining the club midway through 2011.
The way that Keane gets goals on the board is certainly not through overwhelming brute force as he stands only 5-foot-9. Instead, he relies on creativity and composure with the football at his feet, and possesses the ability to dribble through nearly any defender in the world. He has a great eye for teammates and the pure striking ability that all great forwards possess.
Heading into the 2014 MLS Season, there is little reason to believe that Keane is going to be slowing down. He had two offseason surgical procedures to clean up achilles tendon issues, which allowed him to rest up and come back to training camp refreshed. Since he isn’t especially fast or physically big, there is little reason to believe that he won’t continue to use his skill set to tear apart defenses as he gets older.
It is reasonable to expect that Keane will once again be a main competitor for the Golden Boot Award as the top scorer in MLS in 2014, and totals of 18-23 goals and 12-14 assists look likely. These numbers would give the Irish forward around 180-200 fantasy points for a third straight year, and will have him ranking amongst the 10 best players in MLS fantasy.
While it will cost $11 million to retain his services, this will end up being a relative bargain in the long run.