Robbie Keane: LA Galaxy needed a roster shakeup

LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane is ready for all the changes coming to the club's roster this season.
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Robbie Keane, who proudly said he’s excited for the 20th preseason of his career, is ready for all the changes with the LA Galaxy this season.

“I think we needed a shakeup,” Keane, the club captain, said on Tuesday, adding that with the sales of Omar González and Juninho to Liga MX it’s important to replace them with players who are just as good or even better. Ashley Cole and Jelle van Damme are among the players expected to sign with the Galaxy, and while Keane wouldn’t comment on them as an official fact, he said if those are the two they are “two experienced players” who could make the team better.

The Galaxy had won three of the last four MLS Cup titles before stumbling down the stretch in 2015, winning just one of their last eight games and going out in the first round of the playoffs against Seattle. Keane said LA only had itself to blame for all the goals that were conceded in the games that mattered most down the stretch.

“When you’re used to winning it’s very, very difficult to take when you don’t win,” he said.

Keane added that he plans to be a coach when he’s done playing and already has his UEFA A license.