Tuesday 24 April 2018

Keane 'tired but delighted' after perfect week

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

ROBBIE KEANE signed off on his perfect week by lifting the MLS Cup in Los Angeles, days after leading Ireland to Euro 2012.

He may have been "tired" after making his way to and from Dublin, via Tallinn, to complete the job but woke up yesterday morning having doubled the medals in his cabinet and with a major international tournament to look forward to for the first time in a decade.

The Tallaght striker was central to LA Galaxy's efforts in their win over Houston Dynamo, having a goal wrongly ruled out for offside before laying on a sweet reverse pass for Landon Donovan's winner in a 1-0 victory.

Although most of the attention has centred on local hero Donovan and international superstar Beckham, the Ireland skipper can be happy with his contribution.

"That's why I came here, to win things, I'm delighted," he said. "It's up there (with anything else in his career). It has been a really tough week for me, a tough few weeks actually with six games in two and a half weeks and travelling. I'm a little bit tired now, but it is worth it to win the championship.

"It's been a good week for me personally to qualify with the national team, and then four days later to come back to LA and win the championship."

Beckham grabbed the headlines in what could be his final game, playing through a hamstring injury and going close to a fairy-tale ending with a late free-kick, and Keane is hopeful the former England captain will stay on the American west coast.

"I've loved playing with David and hopefully we will continue to play together," he said. "I've played against David over the years and I got a taste of how good he is when he trained with Spurs last winter, but it has been a pleasure to play with him for the Galaxy."

Keane now has a long break to reflect on his achievements after his hectic rush back from injury to play for both club and country.

The new MLS season starts in March and, with no internationals scheduled until February, the Ireland captain should be fresh for the run-up to Euro 2012 -- having indicated that he doesn't intend to go on loan to a European club this winter.

Irish Independent

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