Although Ireland‘s National Team did not make the World Cup this year, it is still taking part in the friendlies that World Cup-bound teams are seeing as send-off matches. Robbie Keane wants to be with his Irish teammates during these matches but understands he still has work to do with Los Angeles Galaxy. He decided to leave it up to his coaches to discuss where he is needed most.
Keane was available and played during Galaxy’s match against Chicago Fire, but it will be his last for almost a full month. He will be off to join his Ireland teammates in matches against Costa Rica and Portugal. The only match he will miss for Galaxy is the SuperClasico against Chivas USA, but with Landon Donovan‘s return to MLS and the handful of other available forwards, Galaxy will make do without him. Keane will be available for Galaxy’s next match, which won’t be until June 28 because of the World Cup break.
I don’t think Keane’s absence from the lineup against Chivas will affect the outcome of the match. Galaxy beat Chivas 3-0 in its last matchup against its cross-town rivals, and Chivas hasn’t been improving much since then. Although Chivas had a strong start, it eventually began losing its touch and currently holds last place in the Western Conference. Because Galaxy has a lot of strong forwards to chose from, any of them can step up to take Keane’s place in this specific match.
Ireland, on the other hand, will need all the help it can get for these matches coming up. It lost its matches against Turkey and Italy, and its top striker and captain may be the missing piece. I think Keane has the ability to help Ireland gain some footing, but both matches will be a challenge. Facing off with Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal will be a tough battle, but any outcome with not too wide of a margin will really help Ireland.