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LA Galaxy’s Robbie Keane talks about Lampard, Donovan

Feb 11, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT

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Los Angeles Galaxy striker Robbie Keane, so responsible for pushing the Galaxy over the MLS Cup finish line last year when, for the season’s final two months, he was the league’s top forward, was in New York on Monday for a round of media sessions.

He had a little something titillating to say on Frank Lampard, the longtime Chelsea midfield force who once seemed like a viable target for the LA Galaxy (but my not be as much of one today, as mentioned earlier today on the blog).

From, what Keane said about Lampard, who will be out of contract at Chelsea at the end of the year, although speculation is growing that the Stamford Bridge deciders will reverse course and keep the veteran midfielder around a while longer:

Listen, we need players like that, and bringing in a Frank Lampard would obviously be good for the team. So hopefully, we will see him soon.”

Keane also shared his thoughts on Landon Donovan, who has yet to turn up at LA Galaxy preseason training and … well … who knows what might happen there?

You have to respect someone’s decision about what they want to do with their life. For me, I enjoy being paid to do what I love. I can only speak on my experience, you have to respect someone’s decision. … If you need time off, you need time off.”

  1. pensfan603 - Feb 12, 2013 at 6:40 AM

    I feel like landon donavan loves the game and loves to play it but for him, the biggest thing, is that it gives him the opportunity to help give back to the community through things like MLS Works and such, if youve ever seen the make a wish video, or even the response he gave scoring the game winning goal. Klinsmann says you should try to get on to the best team so you can go to UEFA and be winning at the highest level every year, while i think for landon soccer is just a way to help him give back to the community he loves, and i dont think you can disrespect that.

  2. theasoccerist - Feb 12, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Assuming Lampard does not come over for the league minimum – should we be worried that 2 teams are consistently blowing the rest of the league out of the water?

    After all, the whole point of the salary cap and the begrudging acceptance of DPs was to keep relative parity and avoid Cosmos 2.0.

    • crnelson10 - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      If you look at how many teams in the final the past few years aren’t named New York Red Bulls, you’d see that probably NY isn’t blowing everyone out of the water, despite shiny toys like Henry and Cahill.

    • charliej11 - Feb 12, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      I can’t figure out which two teams you are talking about. LA would be my guess for one team.
      The other ?

      I am VERY for parity and I don’t like the DP rule, necessary evil maybe, but MLS has been fairly evenly distrributed. Even if you think LA has a dynasty going, they have to pay OG to keep that going. Did you see them the first half of the season ?

      Lampard is not going to do much and having OG leave will negate any gains the team makes, plus a LOT.

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