ROBBIE KEANE was last night crowned as the MLS player of 2014, thus becoming the first European to scoop the gong.
The Dubliner was named MLS ‘MVP’ (Most Valuable Player) after his best goalscoring season in the United States. He pipped former Newcastle United striker Obafemi Martins to the honour.
“I’m not here for a holiday,” Keane said in the build-up to the MLS final this weekend.
Keane, who joined LA Galaxy in 2011, registered 19 goals and 14 assists in the regular season as Galaxy progressed to the playoffs.
He added a further goal en route to Sunday’s MLS decider with New England Revolution.
The 34-year-old agreed a ‘multi-year’ contract extension with Galaxy in March and is looking for a third MLS title in the showdown with New England.
Keane, model wife Claudine and Robbie junior are regular visitors home.
Former United States star Alexi Lalas welcomed the recognition for Keane and hailed the Dubliner as the best import to the MLS in terms of on-pitch impact - ahead of the likes of David Beckham and Thierry Henry.
Last month, Keane was dropped by Irish manager Martin O’Neill for a crucial Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland in Glasgow. Scotland won the match 1-0 with just Shane Long selected up front.
“The manager has made a decision and you have to respect that. Playing one up front doesn’t suit me,” Keane said afterwards.