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Video: LA Galaxy’s Robbie Keane training at Spurs

Jan 17, 2013, 11:38 AM EDT

Keane head shot

If the LA Galaxy gets off to a slow start this year, it probably won’t be Robbie Keane’s fault.

The Galaxy striker, who finished 2012 as such an effective force, driving the defending champions’ late regular season push and then maintaining momentum through the playoffs, clearly wants to keep the pace as 2013 begins.

He’s been training lately with Spurs in London, staying fit and sharp in advance of the Galaxy’s preseason, which gets going later this week.

The Galaxy (in addition to other MLS clubs involved in CONCACAF Champions League, Houston and Seattle) cannot afford a slow start once the games begin in March. They can deal with a slightly sluggish launch to the MLS season, which kicks on March 2, but they need to be galloping at full pace as those CCL quarterfinals get going just a few days later.

Otherwise, that’s going to be a short and painful ride. The Galaxy was eliminated in this round last year, remember.

Here, from Tottenham, is Keane talking about his training with the London club.

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  1. jstreatf - Jan 18, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Steve – the draft has me thinking about what type of player a team wants on the field in MLS. For example, last season mls soccer posted some data on chances and big chances created over the season.

    If you look at how much these “chances” cost http://tinyurl.com/b47fygt – here’s my question about a player like Robbie Keane. He creates a chance ever 45 minutes and big chances cost his team about $310k per.

    A player like Benny Feilhaber – who does not get nearly as much love in the press, creates chances ever 55 minutes but costs $50k per big chance (a bargain at 1/6th the price). There are several other players on this list, in his price category who are also about as productive as him.

    I know there is some calculation about name-brand recognition but presumably these “chances” are some indicator of excitement created by a player (which appeals to the fan) but is also a measure of the players productivity.

    So, why are LA so willing to sign on players like Robbie – are they just trying to show off or are they really just overpaying for European name brands?

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