In the final media availability of the year, Galaxy striker Robbie Keane, whose 15 goals and 11 assists earned him the votes for the club MVP award it was announced today, and Defender of the year Omar Gonzalez reflected on the past season .
“We were too kind of inconsistent, we didn’t deserve it this year,” Keane said, adding that the club’s young players needed another year to mature. “This year will stand them in good stead and next year will be a lot better.”
Keane said he will not go on loan to an EPL club this winter and in fact will undergo two procedures in London starting this week on his longstanding Achilles issue.
Likewise, Gonzalez said he expects to rest a groin issue until the annual January U.S. camp in Carson:
“The last time I went on loan that didn’t go so well,” he said referring to the serious injury he suffered on the first day of training with a German club in January 2012. “I’m still dealing with a little bit of pain in my groin”
Gonzalez, who became a national team regular this year, conceded the rigors of World Cup qualifying, especially the traveling, sapped his stamina this year. On the field, the Galaxy back line needs to tighten up, he said:
“We were a little bit too inconsistent on set pieces and that’s something we have to get right.”
Finally, Keane said he had exchanged texts with Mike Magee after he suggested to Irish newspapers that the former Galaxy striker could qualify to play for the Republic of Ireland via his grandparents.
“His phone has been on fire the last couple of days,” Keane said.