International soccer star Robbie Keane took time out from deciding the next step in his career to meet with fans in San Diego and NBC7 got exclusive access.
Keane spent Saturday afternoon at the Soccerloco store in Carlsbad thanking fans for their support during his five-year stint with Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy. In November he announced he would be leaving the Galaxy when his contract expired at the end of the year. With L.A. he was the league and MLS Cup MVP in 2014, four time best XI selection, and helped lead the team to three MLS Cups.
The event was sponsored by athletic apparel company G-Form who Keane is a spokesman for. When asked why he chose this particular company to team up with, the 36-year old Ireland native said his seven-year old son was part of the reason.
“The last thing certainly we want, G-Form and myself as a father also, is to see any kids getting injured. That’s the main priority.” said Keane.
Some of those kids Keane is looking out for lined up for hours waiting to meet their hero. When asked how it felt to have fans wait just to shake his hand and get his autograph, the former Irish National Team captain got emotional.
“I watched players from the past and I used to be the same going up and getting autographs and getting pictures with people. So I actually really enjoy it, I’ve always enjoyed it. I’ve done a lot of these over the years and it’s always nice to see the kids. And if I can put a smile on a kids face for a few seconds or get a photograph or give an autograph, you know I’m very, very honored and proud to do that for them.” said Keane.
When he isn’t making kids dreams come true in San Diego, Keane’s contemplating his future.
When asked if he had any idea where his career would take him next, he said he’s going to take his time listening to offers from around the world but hopes to make a decision soon.
Whether he’s staying in the MLS, going to Australia, China, Qatar or another place to play, Keane is already a legend in the soccer world and is happy with what he’s accomplished.
“I think maybe in ten-years time I’ll look back and say, “You know, for a lad from Dublin, you did okay. So it’s been a great career so far, I’ve enjoyed every minute of it and I’ve certainly enjoyed my time.”