Robbie Keane to retire from Irish national team next week
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 25, 2016 09:59 AM
Los Angeles Galaxy forward Robbie Keane, left, passes the ball away from Seattle Sounders midfielder Jordan Morris, right, in the second half of an MLS soccer match, Sunday, July 31, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Robbie Keane will retire from international play for Ireland after a match with Oman next week in Dublin.
The LA Galaxy captain made the announcement Wednesday through his MLS club.
The 36-year-old Keane is Ireland's longtime captain and career leader in goals (67) and appearances (145) over an 18-year international career. He played for Ireland at the 2002 World Cup and in the European Championship in 2012 and 2016, but was no longer a regular starter this year.
Keane retires as the top goal-scorer among all active international players worldwide.
Ireland hosts Oman in a friendly at Aviva Stadium on Aug. 31.
Keane has been a star for the Galaxy since arriving in 2011. The former MLS MVP has scored 80 goals in 121 appearances in Los Angeles, winning three MLS Cups.