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Robbie Keane receives ESPY award nomination

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The LA Galaxy captain and reigning league/ finals MVP has been nominated for the 'Best MLS Player' ESPY award

Will Keane Be King Once Again?
Will Keane Be King Once Again?
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ESPN announced Wednesday that reigning MVP, LA Galaxy captain, Irish national team captain, Special Olympics Ambassador, vocal same-sex marriage supporter, and second cousin to Morrissey, Robbie Keane has been nominated for the network's awards show "The ESPY's". For those unfamiliar with the event, it is one part lackluster comedy hour, one part NFL/NBA replays, and one part begrudging awards ceremony.

It has been a tough season for the Irish striker, being sidelined due to injury for most of the season and more recently had tragedy hit his family back in Ireland. This nomination should come as a breath of fresh air at what all Galaxy fans are hoping is the turning point of the season.

Keane is nominated for the 'Best MLS Player' award along with Golden Boot winner Bradley Wright-Phillips, MVP runner-up Obafemi Martins, and youngster Lee Nguyen who had a career year and led the (lovable losers) New England Revolution to the MLS cup.

Keane could be the third LA Galaxy player to win the award since its inception in 2006- Landon Donovan has won it five times and David Beckham twice. Moreover, only players from either the LA Galaxy or the NY Redbulls have ever won the award, with both teams being represented in this year's nominations.

Year Player Nation of
citizenship
Team represented Position primarily
played
2006 Landon Donovan United States Los Angeles Galaxy Forward
2007 Landon Donovan United States Los Angeles Galaxy Forward
2008 David Beckham England Los Angeles Galaxy Right midfielder
2009 Landon Donovan United States Los Angeles Galaxy Forward
2010 Landon Donovan United States Los Angeles Galaxy Forward
2011 Landon Donovan United States Los Angeles Galaxy Forward
2012 David Beckham England Los Angeles Galaxy Right midfielder
2013 Thierry Henry France New York Red Bulls Forward
2014 Tim Cahill Australia New York Red Bulls Forward

Last year's performance was the best in the four years Keane has been with the team, and that is a meaningful statement considering he has won three championships in those years. He had career highs in almost all categories, critical assists throughout the season, game winning goals and another championship for the trophy case. It would take a strong argument to not give him the ESPY award.

At any rate, stranger things have happened and I will be eagerly tuned in to the Joel McHale hosted event July 15th.