A player that will not be returning to Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy is New Zealand international Dan Keat. Despite winning two MLS Cups with the Galaxy, the midfielder has seen limited playing time due to knee surgery that caused him to miss five months of action last season.
“I’m not surprised really, it’s something that I think that I’m ready to go to a place where I can play, that was a move that I was going to try and make anyway,” Keat told LAGalaxy.com’s Adam Serrano. “It’s been a great couple of years here and I really appreciate everything that the Galaxy have done for me. It’s bittersweet really, I’m at an age where I need to move on and play, but this place will always have a place in my heart.
“We’ll see what works out, I think more than likely abroad, but it’s one of those things, you just see what opportunities come up. I think success is the intersection between opportunity and hard work so if you can take that and run with it and see what happens. I need to be playing at a club regularly so I can get starts for the national team and help us push towards the world cup in 2014.”
All for the best, Danny Boy. Best of luck and godspeed.
Meanwhile, a player that will be with the Galaxy for the long haul, defender A.J. DeLaGarza, is making the most of his playing time with the U.S. Men’s National Team, along with the ever-prominent Omar Gonzalez.
“We all have an opportunity to make the World Cup [squad] so everyone is excited about this camp because it’s the year before the World Cup and it’s a big year for the U.S,” DeLaGarza told Serrano. “[There] are a lot of competitions and a lot of games so guys are going to be needed. Everyone is playing for a spot, no one’s spot is guaranteed.”
Even if DeLaGarza does not make the cut, the experience he will get as part of the U.S. Men will be valuable in helping the Galaxy defend their MLS Cup.
“I feel like we’re going to be a totally different team,” DeLaGarza added. “ We’ve signed some good players and we’ve re-signed some players as well so whoever is out there, we’re going to play to win another championship.”
Finally, according to the men from Tottenham Hotspur, Robbie Keane is back training with the Spurs ahead of his return to the Galaxy. The good thing about this for Galaxy fans is that this MLS First XI selection will not be taking part in any Premier League games. A good decision on Keano’s part. The Los Angeles Galaxy opens up their season on Mar. 3 at home against the Chicago Fire.