Robbie Keane Named MLS MVP

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Robbie Keane (photo: Rob Gray)

Robbie Keane, the Ireland international won the award for the first time after posting career-best tallies in goals and assists for the MLS Cup final-bound Galaxy

LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane has been named Major League Soccer’s Most Valuable Player after leading his club to a second-place finish in the Western Conference.

The Ireland international finished ahead of New England Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen and Seattle Sounders forward Obafemi Martins for the league’s highest individual honour.

In his fourth year in MLS, Keane scored 19 goals and added 14 assists in 29 appearances during the regular season. Among league leaders, he ranked third in goals and tied for second in assists.

The Galaxy (17-7-10) finished with the second-best record in MLS. On Sunday, LA defeated Supporters’ Shield winner Seattle to advance to the MLS Cup, where it will host the Revolution on Sunday.

Keane joined the Galaxy from Premier League side Tottenham in 2011 after a successful career in Europe. The 34-year-old is currently the captain of Ireland’s national team and became the world’s leading active goalscorer in international play upon Miroslav Klose’s retirement in August.

Keane was named to the MLS Best XI for the third straight season earlier this week.

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