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Keane and Zura fulfill different needs
by Paul Kennedy, August 16th, 2011 12:07AM

TAGS:  chivas usa, los angeles galaxy, mls, san jose earthquakes


[MLS] The U.S. and Canadian summer transfer window closed Sunday night but not before the Los Angeles Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes signed Designated Players. The Galaxy hopes the signing of Irish international Robbie Keane will propel it an MLS title that has eluded it since 2005, while Ecuadoran Edmundo Zura provides a boost for the San Jose Earthquakes' depleted attack at a moment their playoff hopes are quickly fading.

Keane was acquired from Tottenham for what was reported to be a $3 million transfer in a deal worth about $9 million over the next two years.

Keane arrives on the recommendation of David Beckham, who trained at Spurs over the winter.

“My family and I have already been made to feel very welcome in telephone calls from [AEG president] Tim Leiweke and [Galaxy coach] Bruce Arena," said Keane in a statement. "Also when David Beckham came and trained at Spurs recently, he couldn't speak highly enough about the Galaxy, their fans and the league in general, so I can’t wait to get over and get started.”

Keane's arrival on a Designated Player contract leaves the Galaxy one over the DP limit. Landon Donovan and Beckham -- in his last season in Los Angeles -- aren't going anywhere, so the Galaxy must unload Juan Pablo Angel, who arrived from New York in the offseason.

Angel scored only three goals in 22 matches. Besides Donovan (11 goals), no Galaxy player has scored more then four this season.

No word on Angel's future was available on Monday night, though it has been assumed he'd stay at the Home Depot Center and play for Chivas USA.

Zura arrives on a six-month loan from Ecuador's El Nacional. In his only previous stint abroad, he went scoreless in nine games in Australia's A-League.

Zara provides the Quakes much-needed help up front. It traded Ryan Johnson to Toronto but then lost Steven Lenhart, who is on family leave following the death of his father earlier in the year. Frank Yallop's other experienced frontline options, Alan Gordon and Scott Sealy, are both hurt.

The Quake's only previous DP, Brazilian Geovanni, was also signed on loan but didn't return in 2011.

  1. eric blair
    commented on: August 16, 2011 at 7:43 a.m.
    Its robbie keane. roy keane is 40 years old and now an unemployed footballer manager who used to captian man united
  1. Ernest Irelan
    commented on: August 16, 2011 at 9:15 a.m.
    dead on Eric...Roy after leaving Man U went to manager of Sunderland as I recall...for a while...anyway...robbie will no doubt add some flavor to LA but, as to making it win the league,etc..that I am not sure, it takes 11 to make the team Brad Friedal said in an interview once "I have not seen one player make a team a winner or a loser", I believe he will add to the gate reciepts, also, teach some things he has learned in his experience which as been successful, an add a notch to the team's attacking skills. (nothing wrong with the fighting Irish)...(-:]..
  1. Andrew Post
    commented on: August 16, 2011 at 10:24 a.m.
    THIS IS THE LAST STRAW! Kennedy are you kidding me? How are you still employed? You give us shotty analysis of the USMNT and now you can't even get one of the biggest transfers in MLS history CORRECT! I am very confident I could write for Soccer America and intise more readership and subscriptions. Dear Soccer American: If you are looking for a new columnist to replace your aging and incompetent writers, please contact me and I will be happy to contribute to this publication. My many years of expertese and my brash opinionated manor would do wonders for Soccer America! Regards, Andre Post
  1. Albert Harris
    commented on: August 16, 2011 at 12:56 p.m.
    Is it Andre or Andrew, Mr. Post? Or are you allowed typos while the SA columnists are not? I imagine the problem with Mr. Kennedy's column lay more with the proofreader than himself. Get a grip, whatever your name is.
  1. ckg beautiful game
    commented on: August 16, 2011 at 4:22 p.m.
    Post going postal, are you really that angry?
  1. Andrew Post
    commented on: August 16, 2011 at 7:49 p.m.
    Albert: It is Andrew and I was being facetious. Apparently you don't read many of Kennedy's articles to know that he screws up a lot, escecially in his analysis. Kennedy is part of the problem with US soccer. Guys who really don't know much about the game but act as if they do. My rant was more for humor than genuine banter. I guess you do not have much a sence of humor huh? NO Clark, i'm not that angry. Geez you guys need to read more posts of mine.
  1. John Bolger
    commented on: August 16, 2011 at 8:02 p.m.
    If it was Roy, I'd be at the rest of the Galaxy games. Even at 40 he would be worth it.
  1. Daniel Clifton
    commented on: August 18, 2011 at 10:49 a.m.
    I remember Robbie Keane being a damn good finisher in the EPL. Does he still have what it takes to score in MLS?
  1. Michael Supramoni
    commented on: August 18, 2011 at 11:20 a.m.
    Just to clarify Roy Keane was arguably the greatest captain in not only Manchester United’s illustrious history; but also in the entire EPL’s history too. Noted for his aggressive play he is often regarded as being “the hardest footballer of all-time”. Now whilst I’m not disputing this (just go on YouTube and you’ll soon agree), it was his talent that clearly shone through. Very comfortable on the ball, great at going forward during his early years and a fantastic passer with a great shot along with supreme tackling ability, Keane went on to win seven Premier League titles, four FA Cups, one Champions League, and was voted PFA Player of the Year in 2000. Robbie was/is a cracking player, but there’s only one KEANO.

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