Tuesday 23 January 2018

Sean St Ledger in limbo after shock Orlando exit

Sacked: Sean St Ledger
Sacked: Sean St Ledger
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

In a weekend where Robbie Keane got the better of his old strike partner Kevin Doyle, Sean St Ledger unexpectedly became the major Irish news story in the MLS.

The defender was dumped by his club Orlando City for what they described as a 'serious breach of club policy', a development which has placed his career back in limbo.

His release came as a surprise considering that St Ledger had nailed down a regular place in a team where Kaka is the star man. Former Everton player Adrian Heath is in charge.

Orlando have refused to divulge the specific reasons for his departure but one report has suggested that an incident after his last game in New York was the cause for the parting of ways. Certainly, there had been no suggestion prior to that trip that the 30-year-old was in the bad books.

St Ledger struggled to find employment after his release from Leicester 12 months ago and a stint with Ipswich was cut short before he pursued a fresh start in the US. The only positive aspect of his sudden change of circumstances is that he's been made a free agent well before the close of the English transfer window.

Read more: Former Ireland international Sean St Ledger axed from Orlando for “a serious breach of club policy”

Meanwhile, it was another successful night at the office for Keane as he linked up with new colleague Steven Gerrard to come from behind and secure a 3-1 away win for LA Galaxy at Doyle's Colorado Rapids.

It was Galaxy's first triumph on the road in 2015, with boss Bruce Arena citing the experience of Gerrard and Keane as a vital factor. The Dubliner struck in time added on after linking up with the Liverpool legend.

"That's why they're here," said Arena. "We expect them to be the difference-makers for our team and their leadership is our standing. Their effort together for that third goal was incredible."

The high-profile pair, who had a brief stint together at Anfield, sung from the same hymn sheet. "We've been in these games before and we know what it takes to get back into the game," said Keane. "There was good leadership out there."

Gerrard added: "That's what our responsibility is, with two leaders on the team. Bruce wants me to perform like that and try and help the young players. It was nice to set up Keane again. That's my job."

Back in England, Norwich recruit Robbie Brady lined out at left-back as he familiarised himself with Carrow Road in a 2-1 friendly win over Brentford.

Brady was involved for the duration of a match which featured a goal from Wes Hoolahan. With regular left full Martin Olsson on the sidelines, Brady could start the new Premier League campaign in that role.

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