LA Galaxy Thursday Update: Striker Robbie Keane Injured & more

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*Doesn’t sound like a problem for the Galaxy, but of course this playoff-bound club already has injury concerns over Landon Donovan, who is out of the U.S. World Cup qualifiers:

DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland captain Robbie Keane has been ruled out of Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Germany because of an Achilles tendon injury.

This is the latest blow to the Irish team that already has lost Sean St. Ledger, Richard Dunne, Glen Whelan, James McClean and Kevin Doyle over the last two weeks.

Keane missed training Thursday. The Irish soccer federation said on its Twitter feed he could be ready for Tuesday’s Group C match at the Faeroe Islands.

Ireland beat Kazakhstan 2-1 in its only group match so far. Germany leads the group after two straight wins.

*Got Friday off and want to see that rare Galaxy game that is free to watch – and has free parking at Carson’s Home Depot Center? Read this press release from the Galaxy:

The Galaxy will play for their first-ever MLS Reserve League Division title on Friday morning when they host Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

The Galaxy enter the game in second place in the reserve league’s West Division with a 5-3-1 record for 16 points, leaving them one point behind the division leading San Jose Earthquakes. San Jose has already finished their season, meaning that the Galaxy will win the division title with a win or a draw against the Whitecaps, thanks to their superior goal difference.

Kick off is at 10 a.m. on U.S. Soccer Field #3.

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