LA Galaxy General Manager Bruce Arena faced the media at Dublin’s Tallaght Stadium on Saturday and despite a frenzy around the man sitting next to him, Irish captain Robbie Keane, managed to discuss the progress of the Galaxy’s pre-season trip to Europe.
The former USA international admitted that the decision for the American side to come to his captain’s home city of Dublin was not a difficult one, saying “he didn’t have to twist our arm at all. We think this has been a great trip for our club. The hospitality we’ve received in Dublin has been outstanding. The people have been great. The competition tomorrow will be great for our team, it will help us get prepared for the opening of MLS. We’re thrilled to come back to Robbie’s hometown and give you the opportunity to see probably your nation’s favourite son do what he does best, which is play football. So it should be a great day for the locals and I’m sure a special day for Robbie.”
Finances appear to be the only issue in the way of this becoming a regular hotspot for LA Galaxy pre-season games, according to the Cornell alumnus. “Sure [LA Galaxy could return to Dublin in the future]. We’re just going to let Robbie pay for some of it in the future, but we’ll come back.” he joked before Keane rebutted saying he “paid for most of it already.”
“We would love to return. The facilities have been great; the climate has been wonderful, perfect training conditions. We have nothing to complain about!”
Liverpool defeated Besiktas in the Europa League on Thursday night, with Bruce Arena in attendance and he admitted that he had spoken to Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard at the game. “I was surprised at how excited Steven is to come to Los Angeles. He obviously knows he’s got a huge obligation to fulfil with Liverpool, to close out his career there in the right manner; they’re still involved in some cup competitions. Then he’ll be very eager to come to Los Angeles and I think he and Robbie are going to be fantastic together.
“We’re really excited to have players of the quality of a Robbie Keane and a Steven Gerrard with the LA Galaxy.”
The 63 year-old was sure to confirm that, after the previous night’s antics between Mario Balotelli and Jordan Henderson, Robbie Keane would be taking the penalties for the MLS Cup Champions. “He [Keane] is taking them until he misses the next one”, Arena announced to the Dublin media. “He’s our captain and our penalty taker. Until he tells me otherwise.”
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