Robbie Keane is Ireland's all-time record goalscorer, having become the first Irish player to score fifty international goals in June 2011. In high demand, LA Galaxy ensured they made room for him, trading Juan Pablo Angel and signing Keane on August 15th 2011. Keane took Angel's places as one of LA Galaxy's 'designated players'. The 'designated players rule' allows Major League Soccer Franchises to sign players that would usually be outside of the MLS salary cap. LA Galaxy's other 'designated players' are David Beckham and Landon Donovan.
Upon signing, Keane admitted, 'I have always wanted to come and play in Major League Soccer', and is proving the story of The Wild Geese continues today. As the captain of the Irish national team, Keane is in a position to inspire those around him. Already proving he is a world-class footballers, fans in LA Galaxy have been excited about his arrival. The 27, 000 capacity Home Depot Stadium in California sold out for his debut match on August 20th 2011. Ireland's colours were on show and traditional Irish dancers performed for the packed stadium before the match started.
Fans were anticipating what Keane could do.
'Of course we're delighted that Robbie's joined Galaxy... I train under 12s here in LA and it's fantastic that we can show them great players like Robbie here on their doorstep'
Christopher Cleary, originally from Dublin but living in LA
'As a striker, Robbie is going to bring so much value to the team... It's so exciting.'
Brenna, who plays under 15s soccer
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Keane didn't disappoint. In his debut match, he scored the opening goal in the twenty-first minute, helping to secure a 2-0 victory for LA Galaxy against the San Jose Earthquakes. Robbie Keane is a testament to the continuing story of The Wild Geese - achieving remarkable feats away from his homeland.