[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.