Robbie Keane has been named Major League Soccer’s Most Valuable Player for 2014 after a superb season which garnered 19 goals and 14 assists over 29 appearances. Ireland’s captain and record scorer helped LA Galaxy to the Western Conference title and they will face New England Revolution in Sunday’s MLS Cup Final.
Speaking after the announcement, Keane said: “I don’t worry about being MVP. For me I worry about what to do for the team, and if that’s me scoring goals, and helping the team score goals, and helping the team win the championship, I’m happy with that.”
Bruce Arena, coach at LA Galaxy said Keane’s stats speak for themselves. “He’s quite a personality and leader for our team, so away from the field he’s invaluable as well. He’s not only our most valuable player, he’s our captain as well, and he’s a great leader.”
Thirty-four year old Keane has enjoyed his best season since his arrival in MLS in 2011. In that time, he’s led the Galaxy to two MLS Cups, now gunning for a third. Keane has notched an incredible 53 goals and 35 assists in less than 100 matches. The Dubliner has no intention of hanging up his boots anytime soon, expressing a desire to continue for at least another three years.
“For me, it’s not about the money, I’d play for free. When I’m done playing and I go back to Ireland as a manager or whatever, I’ll keep playing in a Sunday league with my mates. That’s just the way I am.”