From President Obama to Uachtaran Higgins - LA Galaxy honoured at the Aras
He loves LA life and has no plans to come home any time soon - but there was a definite mist in Robbie Keane’s eye on an official visit to Aras an Uachtarain, as he noted that this was the first American team to ever visit the house.
The 45 strong squad of LA Galaxy team members cut a glamorous vista indeed as they lined up in the drawing room and each was respectfully introduced to President Michael D Higgins by Keane.
A Galaxy jersey with Keane’s number 7 on the back was given as a special gift to the President.
President Higgin’s love of soccer – especially at League of Ireland level - is well known and he made sure to thank Keane for bringing about the visit.
And he paid tribute to the Republic of Ireland captain for his track record, praising him for his 65 international goals – “more than three times as many as other Irish players,” he said, quickly adding: “That’s a tribute to Robbie, not a comment on the other players.”
The President went on to describe him as a legend of Irish football before welcoming the LA Galaxy players again, saying the citizens of LA had every reason to be proud of them and that they had done much to raise the profile of soccer in America.
Robbie Keane then gave a short speech in which he thanked the President for his hospitality, saying it was “always amazing to come back home and to visit the President.”
“When we gave you the call you opened your arms straight away,” said Keane, noting that it was the first American team to ever visit the Aras.
After an official team photograph with the President on the steps of the Aras, the LA Galaxy team strolled in the garden, taking selfies, making friends with the President’s pair of Burnese mountain dogs, Shadow and Brogue and tweeting their whereabouts to their legions of fans.
Robbie and the LA Galaxy team had an audience with US President Barack Obama last month.