[Ed note: I have not spoken personally to Robbie Keane yet since he was away on national team duty when exit interviews were being conducted, but with news that he's agreed verbally to a new three year deal we're starting with him.]
Robbie Keane on the LA Galaxy is almost a direct result of David Beckham's time with the club. Training with Tottenham at a time when the twelfth best scorer all time in the English Premier League was being loaned out, Beckham told Keane about the greener pastures of LA and the striker came on over. So the story goes.
With this news this morning from ESPN FC that Sky Sports News is reporting (you heard it here third people) that Keane has verbally agreed to a new three year deal, Keane looks to finish out his days in a Galaxy shirt. Last offseason it was reported that Keane had signed a new deal to keep him through 2014.
A three year deal to replace the contract which would have ended at the end of the upcoming season would keep Keane in LA through the 2016 season when Keane will be 36. With Donovan reportedly signed through 2017, that would keep together their offensive partnership for almost as long as Beckham and Donovan partnered up. High cost continuity isn't a common trend in MLS.
It's not hard to see why the Galaxy continue to invest in Keane. Easily the team MVP these last two years, his sixteen goal and eleven assist season has him as a likely MLS MVP finalist. Toward the end of the season when teams found ways to counter Keane and Donovan, the Galaxy had few answers.
Who Scored rated him top of the club this past season, and he was their man of the match six times. The one knock against his MLS MVP candidacy is that he's only got one more appearance than Landon Donovan in 2013, and Donovan began the season with an award consideration crushing sabbatical.
The only Galaxy player to take more shots per game was Gyasi Zardes, and that's likely why Bruce Arena is considering going after a target forward this offseason. He'll have to come MLS cheap, because Arena has also shown that he has his three DPs and they're going to be here for a long time.