Tuesday 16 January 2018

Obama praises Galaxy's Keane during White House visit

US President Barack Obama shows off the LA Galaxy jersey presented by Robbie Keane, coach Bruce Arena ( left) and the rest of the squad in the East Room of the White House in Washington
US President Barack Obama shows off the LA Galaxy jersey presented by Robbie Keane, coach Bruce Arena ( left) and the rest of the squad in the East Room of the White House in Washington

Brian Byrne

US President Barack Obama praised Robbie Keane for winning LA Galaxy their latest football title.

Speaking at a prestigious ceremony in the White House yesterday, Mr Obama name-checked the Dubliner for his winning goal over New England Revolution in last year's Major League Soccer (MLS) championship.

President Obama said: "This season wasn't a perfect storybook (tale). The Galaxy started off the season in the cellar, then fought their way back into the playoffs.

"And then in the MLS cup against New England, the game went into extra time when Robbie Keane's goal gave them their latest title."

Last December's match had entered the 111th minute when Keane scored the second goal for LA Galaxy, clinching the team their third MLS title in four years.

"I was just telling these guys backstage the degree to which they represent their sport so well. America's starting to realise what the beautiful game is all about," Mr Obama added.

It was a family reunion of sorts for Keane, whom Mr Obama once described as "a cousin of mine" due to his own Irish heritage.

Obama received a team jersey as the team were honoured alongside National Hockey League champions Los Angeles Kings.

Keane's visit was live-tweeted by his wife Claudine, who wrote: "Typical of Rob to find the band inside The White House," while posting a photo of the 34-year-old next to musicians at the President's home.

Irish Independent

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