Here's a pretty big rumor about MLS expansion team LAFC, courtesy of SI.com's Grant Wahl: Robbie Keane could join the new team in LA.
No, it does not appear the LA Galaxy forward and 2014 MLS MVP would play for LAFC, as he'd be 37 by 2018, when the team is projected to begin play in MLS, but instead that he could become a coach.
Wahl's blurb on Keane in his Thursday MLS column:
LAFC isn't set to start play until 2018, but a well-connected LA source says to keep an eye on Keane as a potential coach for the team. Keane has been working on his coaching badges and has already said he'd like to manage at the pro level, potentially in the United States. Keane and his wife love L.A., and they happened to live in the same building as LAFC president Tom Penn until recently.
I'm told Keane and Penn have developed a strong friendship as a result.
This is pretty interesting. Keane's intriguing as a coaching prospect, as he's the kind of player who does a lot of obnoxious things on the field like show up his teammates when they don't pass him the ball (to be fair, sometimes he has a point), and his brash demeanor and Galaxy ties, where he's played since the summer of 2011, could lead some LAFC fans to not be very energized by him joining the club.
At the same time, the fact that he's already working on his coaching badges and has expressed a desire to coach in the U.S. means he appears willing to put in the work and his knowledge of MLS could come in handy. And his workrate and soccer IQ have never been questioned.
There's also the question of whether Keane would seek to be appointed head coach or just part of the coaching staff. If it's the latter, assuming there's a good head coach leading the way that Keane can work under as he embarks on his coaching career, it could be a real win-win for Keane and the team alike. If he wants to be the head man right away, however, it's much more risky. MLS has shown that young coaches can succeed, as that is becoming the norm apart from Bruce Arena and Sigi Schmid at the moment. But for every Oscar Pareja there's a Pablo Mastroeni, so it's hard to say if Keane would be able to channel his playing ability into coaching well or not.
At any rate, stay tuned on this front. I doubt there will be any movement in this rumor for quite some time, but we'll monitor the situation accordingly and let you know if there are any updates.
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