Robbie Keane Is To Part Ways With LA Galaxy
And instead of retiring, Keane is seeking out 'one last challenge' in club football
Robbie Keane has announced that he will leave the LA Galaxy when his contract expires at the end of the year.
The 36-year-old retired from international football earlier this year, after scoring a record of 68 goals in 146 appearances for the Republic of Ireland. He has spent six seasons in Los Angeles since leaving Tottenham FC.
During that time he has scored over 100 goals and providing more than 50 assists, helping them to win three MLS Cups.
Keane told this to the major football club's website:
I can confirm that after five fantastic years I will be leaving the LA Galaxy. It's been a privilege to have played my part in the history of such a great club and I leave with memories that will stay with me forever.
Winning three MLS Cups, scoring over 100 goals for the club and being named as 2014 MVP are all achievements that I will look back on with pride. It's been an incredible experience. I've truly loved every minute of my time at LA Galaxy.
The footballer insists has no plans to retire, however, and is instead seeking one last challenge in club football.
I believe that now is the right time for a new challenge as I look towards the next chapter of my playing career. I still feel as fit and sharp as ever and I am looking forward to my next adventure.
Having now retired from international football I am ready to focus everything I have on one last major challenge in club football and will be taking time out to consider my options before announcing my next move.
I would like to thank everyone at the Galaxy including the board, manager and all of my team-mates for their incredible support during my time in LA. Finally, I would like to thank the most important people at the club: the fans. Thank you for welcoming me as one of your own and for helping to make LA such a special place for both me and my family.
The city has become my second home and I will never forget the unbelievable backing you've given me during my time at the Galaxy. The great times we have shared will stay with me forever. I look forward to watching the club continue to grow and progress in the coming years.
It's been an honour to captain your team and I am so proud of everything we have achieved together. Thank you for everything.
Earlier this year, Robbie Keane became the fastest player in MLS history to score 100 goals in all competitions, and was named the competition's Most Valuable Player in 2014.
He'll certainly be missed.