Robbie Keane Named LA Galaxy Captain

By Phil Naegely
Robbie Keane
Robbie Keane will be the captain of the LA Galaxy for 2013. Photo by USA TODAY Sports

With Landon Donovan returning sometime soon in March and returning to games in April, LA Galaxy has a new captain. Robbie Keane will now wear the captain’s arm band for the defending champions.

Last year Keane scored 23 goals in all competitions and was an MLS Best XI forward, and has been a key leader to the squad since he came to LA in 2011 as a designated player.

“He’s a fabulous choice as captain,” Bruce Arena told media after the Galaxy’s “Kickoff” assembly and unveiling of their second kit. “He’s a quality player; he’s a quality leader, so Robbie’s prepared to lead this team.”

Teammates haven’t really noticed a change in Keane since he has been a key leader of the squad last season.

“I didn’t notice there was any change,” said midfielder Mike Magee, “Robbie was … I mean, I guess our captain. I mean, Landon wore the band, but I don’t think anything is going to change with what [Keane] does or his presence in the locker room or around the field. But it’s very deserving.”

Defender Todd Dunivan agreed with Magee and added that Keane is one who leads by example. That is something any good leader should be.

“He’s the guy who’s gonna let you know when things are good, and he’s definitely going to let you know when things are bad,” Dunivant said. “He’s a guy who easily leads by example and tends to use his mouth as well. … Usually when he gets overly fired up, you tend to not understand a word he says, so you can kind of just nod and get away with it.”

While LA might have a new captain, it won’t be a huge change for the team. Keane also is the captain of Ireland’s National Team, and was vice captain behind Donovan last season.

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Phil Naegely is a Soccer writer for He also writes about MLBNASCAR, and NBA news. Follow him on Twitter @afriendofgod512 and add him to your circles on Google.

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