Hey, we know this one is a long-shot, but it’s nice to dream, right? Fox Sports reporter Julie Stewart-Binks took to twitter recently with some speculation of the future of striker Robbie Keane. Keane will not be back with the LA Galaxy next season, and given he still seems to have plenty of gas left in the tank, many are wondering where he will end up. Keane scored 20 goals in 2015, and while he wasn’t as dominant last season, he still managed to hit 10 goals at the age of 36.
Whitecaps' Carl Robinson told us he wanted Keane // some Rumors he'll join Minnesota // or does he even stay in MLS? https://t.co/b81XBLWjt7— Julie Stewart-Binks (@JSB_FOX) November 17, 2016
According to Binks tweet, Carl Robinson has shown some interest. However, there are several glaring reasons why this deal wouldn’t make much sense. First is the turf at BC Place; It’s likely Keane would rather not subject his knees to that for an entire MLS Season. There’s also the issue of pay, and whether Whitecaps management would be willing to pony up the dough for a player of his stature. For example, the Whitecaps opened the Piggy Bank to pay for Pedro Morales, and he topped the team with a salary of around 1.2 million dollars last year. By comparison, Keane was paid 4.5 million in 2015, and 3.5 million in 2016. I can’t imagine the Whitecaps even coming close to that figure.
It’s nice to dream about a proven goal-scorer with total marketability coming to Vancouver, but I just can’t see it happening. What do you think?