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Robbie Keane and AJ DeLaGarza on international duty

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Robbie Keane and AJ DeLaGarza are off with their respective national teams while the MLS Cup playoffs take a break for a FIFA weekend.

Ian Walton

The LA Galaxy will begin training for their Western Conference Final against the Seattle Sounders this week, but they'll do so without Robbie Keane and A.J. DeLaGarza who have been called into national team duty with Ireland and Guam respectively. Republic of Ireland have a 2016 Euro qualifier against Scotland and then a friendly against the United States in Dublin. Guam plays in two EAFF East Asian Cup 2015 semifinal matches. Each play a game over the weekend followed by a second on Wednesday.

Both players will be available for selection when the Galaxy face the Sounders in Carson on Sunday, November 23rd. Each leg of the Western Conference final will be played on Sunday, with the Galaxy playing in Seattle on November 30th.

Robbie Keane came back from the last international break needing to sit out the season finale in Seattle, and leading up to the second leg against Real Salt Lake he was in pretty bad shape.

"Honestly, I felt awful before the game. Bad back for the last two days. Bad hamstring. I wasn't feeling great until the game started moving."

That bad back isn't going to be helped by all that travel, nor will the hamstring. The Euro qualifier is a commitment the national team captain has to live up to, but that friendly may be ill advised. All soccer players are working through injuries at this point of the season, but trying to limit aggravation of known injuries is certainly a worthwhile cause.