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What They're Saying: Robbie Keane
June 2nd, 2014 12:46AM



"We shouldn't have played the game, to be honest with you. It's like whoever makes these decisions, the MLS or whoever it is, they have never kicked a soccer ball in their whole life [and then they] make a decision to play a game on the hottest day of the year, 3 o'clock in the afternoon."

-- The Los Angeles Galaxy's Irish striker Robbie Keane after a 1-1 tie with Chicago in 90-degree temperature on Sunday. Landon Donovan scored for the Galaxy to equalize after Chicago's Jeff Larentowicz scored from the penalty kick. (

  1. Matt Cardillo
    commented on: June 2, 2014 at 8:44 a.m.
    quit your whining Robbie. I assume when the scheduled the game, they didn't know it would be 90. ...only 90? really? And if the game was in LA, i suspect the humidity was pretty low. You know what they call 90 in Florida? "Fall is almost here".
  1. charles davenport
    commented on: June 2, 2014 at 8:47 a.m.
    Love Robbie Keane, but surprised he said this; imagine no complaint if there was a torrential downpour, traditional Irish football weather.
  1. Allan Lindh
    commented on: June 2, 2014 at 12:10 p.m.
    Mr Keane has finally been the one with the guts to speak the truth about the MLS schedule. It is insane to play in the summer in a country with southern states that are as hot as ours are. And then to schedule during the day. He is quite right, it is not soccer, it is just an extreme endurance event, trying not to die of heat exhaustion. MLS won't be a real soccer league until they stop playing in the summer, split the season between fall and winter like the Scandinavian's do, and then unbalance the schedule so that as you approach winter, more matches in the south, as you approach summer, more matches in the north. And during hot months, play evening matches. But he is quite right, the idiots who run MLS have never tried to play a soccer match in extreme heat.
  1. Albert Harris
    commented on: June 2, 2014 at 1:17 p.m.
    Tell it to FIFA who scheduled the matches in Amazonia during the World Cup, Allan. I do actually agree with you about staggering the schedule to focus on the southern venues during the Spring and Fall and the northern ones during the Summer, and scheduling evening matches during times that temps in the host cities figure to be in the 90 degree range. Can't agree with you about the so called "European" season thought i.e. Fall thru Spring. Not suitable for our country anymore than it is for the Scandinavian leagues. We should just wait and Europe will switch to our schedule since there will be a winter World Cup in Qatar. LOL
  1. Glenn Maddock
    commented on: June 2, 2014 at 2:50 p.m.
    Yes, its funny, but its important that schedulers realize with Global Warming, heat waves are becoming the norm. Imagine MLS players with the new Orlando team playing in that heat for 4 months. All summer MLS games should be at night unless in a domed stadium.
  1. Zoe Willet
    commented on: June 2, 2014 at 3:48 p.m.
    This was not a normal temperature for Chicago on that date. But imagine that the Cubs moved to the Western suburbs and the Fire took over Wrigley Field, which is always a bit cooler and has the Lake breezes! Bridgeview, where Toyota Stadium is located, will always be hotter. Even Soldier Field, where I watched a World Cup game in '94, would be better.
    commented on: June 3, 2014 at 11:21 a.m.
    played club middle GA in the summer mid day, it's called training for a reason.....

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