Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard may still have futures in Los Angeles.
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The LA Galaxy’s 2016 season ended following their penalty shootout defeat to the Colorado Rapids in the Western Conference semifinals last week, and with both Keane and Gerrard out of contract in December it was thought they’d move on.
Hold your horses.
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena (who expects to return as coach in 2017 but does not have a contract and isn’t in talks) has been speaking about his desire to keep both Keane and Gerrard and the StubHub Center.
“We were honored to have Stevie here as well as Robbie and are hopeful they continue to be part of our club but only time will tell,” Arena said. “I haven’t spoken to those players. We need to let them have time to comment on what they want to do in their future rather than me commenting on it now. The season just ended. We need a little time to reflect. I’m sure both Stevie and Robbie at the proper time will discuss their futures.”
So, the door is wide open but with Arena’s future uncertain, perhaps that leaves the future of these star names also up in the air.
Keane, 36, has already said he wants to stay in MLS so if LA doesn’t renew his Designated Player contract then he will likely move elsewhere in North America’s top-flight. After his incredible output over his five years in MLS so far — 104 goals in 164 games — Keane will have plenty of offers.
As for Gerrard, also 36 years old, it’s unsure what lies in store for him. It has long been suggested that he will return to Liverpool in a coaching role after an injury hit 18 months in LA which has seen him score five goals in 38 appearances.