Monday, January 9, 2012
GALAXY: Keane trains with Aston Villa
By Scott French
Robbie Keane's loan deal to Aston Villa hasn't yet been finalized, but the Galaxy's striker is in Birmingham and trained Monday with the Villans' first team.
The Irish forward is expected to join the English Premier League club on a seven-week loan sometime Monday. Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish told reporters over the weekend that “red tape” with the Galaxy was holding up the deal.
Keane figures to debut for Villa in a league game Saturday at Everton, where Galaxy captain Landon Donovan is on loan.
Keane, who joined L.A. in August, is preparing for the start of the Major League Soccer season, the Galaxy's knockout-stage matches in the CONCACAF Champions League and -- most of all -- for this summer's European Championship in Poland and the Ukraine, where Ireland faces Spain, Italy and Croatia in Group C. The Galaxy opens its season March 7 in a Champions League quarterfinal first leg at Toronto FC and plays its MLS opener three days later against Real Salt Lake at Home Depot Center.
ELSEWHERE: In other news around MLS ...
- Thierry Henry came off the bench to score the lone goal in his return to Arsenal, lifting the Gunners to an F.A. Cup third-round victory over Leeds United. Henry is on loan from New York.
- Chicago signed Colombian midfielder Rafael Robayo from Millonarios, where he served as captain for nearly two years.
- New England signed Colombian center back John Lozano, 27, and midfielder Fernando Cardenas, 23, from America de Cali, which was just relegated from Colombia's top division.
- Seattle is in the “final stages” of signing retired goalkeeping legend Kasey Keller to serve as analyst on the Sounders' television broadcasts, The Seattle Times reported.