Robbie Keane and Not-Unattractive Wife Land In LA

The newest member of the Los Angeles Galaxy landed at LAX yesterday, strolling through the terminal alongside his wife, Claudine, and greeted by a sizable media contingent.

Keane, who will be available for LA’s match against San Jose on Saturday night, gave his first U.S. interview to Yahoo Sports’ Martin Rogers. Here’s a quote:

“Coming at this stage of the season is interesting because the Galaxy are doing well, and I want to help that continue. … I am fit and hungry and ready to go. I hope that they will just throw me in the deep end and let me show what I can do.”

He also said—ah screw it; it’s Friday afternoon: Some observers found that Keane’s airport companion brightened up the drab LAX terminal considerably, and they may have a point.

But we can’t be sure without further evidence:

It’s possible…

Okay, we’ll concede the point.

Don’t forget to set your BPFL rosters, folks. You have unlimited transfers up until Saturday morning’s deadline, and the site promises—promises—that it will have our fixtures up for Week 1 (retroactively) and Week 2 in time for the start of the weekend games. We hope so.

Enjoy the games, and the weekend.

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U.S. Striker Eddie Johnson Headed Back to MLS

As the MLS Insider tweeted earlier today, Portland fans will have to retire their “There’s only one Eddie Johnson” chant.

There are about to be two Eddie Johnson’s in Major League Soccer.

The second one is returning from Europe after four years of struggling for playing time at Fulham and getting loaned out to Cardiff City (Championship), Aris (Greek top-flight), and Preston North End (Championship).

Johnson began his professional career in MLS, playing for five years in Dallas and two in Kansas City. He bagged 15 goals for KC in 2007. He has 42 appearances and 12 goals for the USMNT—including a hat-trick against Panama in 2004 World Cup qualifying.

He has signed with the league and will be allocated to a team this week, possibly by Thursday.

Here’s hoping for a fresh start for the once-ballyhooed striker, now 27. He could use some good fortune in his life, considering his recent unfortunate episode in Florida. (Best part of that: “A man who answered a phone call Wednesday from The News-Journal at first said he was Johnson but then said it was the wrong number and declined to comment.” Ouch.)

(Portland’s Eddie Johnson is English, and one year younger than his returning namesake, but also a forward. He has one goal in three starts for the Timbers this season.)

Los Angeles Signs Ireland Captain Robbie Keane

Reports are trickling in today claiming that Tottenham and Ireland striker Robbie Keane, 31, has agreed to join the Los Angeles Galaxy on a $3 million transfer. LA is expected to announce the signing, for a reported two  years and $9.75 million, later today.

If you’re a Galaxy fan, you have to be pretty fired up about this move. Your team is already tops in the league, and while Keane may have been struggling for playing time with Spurs, he scored two goals in an Ireland friendly against Montenegro on June 4, and should be a significant upgrade over the fading Juan Pablo Angel at forward.

Speaking of, the Galaxy have to offload Angel because Keane is being brought in as a Designated Player and league rules only allow three. (LA currently has David Beckham, Landon Donovan and Angel as DP’s.)

Some reports have claimed Angel will be shipped to Philadelphia, while others say he’s merely headed across town, to Chivas USA.

Stay tuned.

Union Man: Freddy Adu to Sign with Philadelphia

Following days of reports suggesting that U.S. midfielder Freddy Adu would return to Major League Soccer as a member of Chivas USA, several sources reported yesterday that the 22-year-old is indeed coming back to the league that launched his career in 2004—but not to Chivas. The new reports say Adu has worked  out a deal with the Philadelphia Union.

An announcement from the club is expected today. Adu had been on track to join Robin Fraser’s Chivas side, but apparently the club’s owner Jorge Vergara squashed the deal at the 11th hour.

The Union recently lost striker Carlos Ruiz and are looking to add firepower as they battle for the top spot in the Eastern Conference down the stretch.

The deal may raise some eyebrows among those who remember Adu’s spell under Philly coach Peter Nowak when Nowak was boss at DC United at the start of Adu’s career. It was anything but smooth. But the pair have reportedly mended the fences and worked together on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team.

No word yet on the length of the deal or on whether Adu has been signed as a Designated Player.

Dynamo Signs Honduran International Carlos Costly

Maybe it’s a Texas thing, but they love them some big strikers in Houston.

Just days after the 6-2, 200-pound Will Bruin went down with a knee injury, the Dynamo has announced the acquisition of 6-3, 190-pound Honduran forward Carlos Costly, who will join 6-4 Cam Weaver and 6-1 Brian Ching in the Houston strike force.

Costly arrives on loan from Mexican first-division side Atlas, and is signed for the remainder of the 2011 season. He is not classified as a Designated Player.

The Dynamo (6-7-9) hope Costly, who has 18 goals in 48 appearances for Honduras, can take advantage of service from wingers Brad Davis and Colin Clark and boost the Houston offense for the stretch run.

He also won’t hurt at the gate in Houston, where 27,600 turned up for a May 29 friendly at Robertson Stadium between Costly’s Honduras and El Salvador.

Klinsmann Unveiled As USMNT Coach, Won’t Select Staff for “Months”

German soccer icon Jurgen Klinsmann (no umlaut, he says) was announced as the new coach of the U.S. national team on Friday, and officially introduced to the media this morning.

Meeting the press at Niketown in Midtown Manhattan, Klinsmann touched on a number of issues facing the program and the job that lies ahead for him, saying one of his first priorities will be “to define how the U.S. team should represent its country. And what should be the style of play?”

He also said that he will not name a staff of assistants for some time, “Because we’re not jumping into qualifying right away, we have the opportunity with exhibition games where I can try out different coaches on my side and see how they’re doing.”

Two current staffers that he did mention by name, though, were U.S. Youth Technical Director Claudio Reyna and interim U-20 coach Tab Ramos:

“I want Claudio very close to me. He will always be part of the staff. He will sit with us coaches at the table so I can tell him how I look at the game and how we can be of help to him.

“I want [Ramos’] perspective and his information about what’s coming though at the Under-20 and Under-17 level.”

As for the August 10 friendly against Mexico, Klinsmann said he hasn’t had much contact with any U.S. players but that he will name both his squad and a temporary coaching staff for that game on Wednesday. So stay tuned for that.

Video of this morning’s appearance is scarce, but here’s a revealing clip of Klinsmann talking about U.S. soccer at last summer’s World Cup:

The signing of a figure as famous as Klinsmann is certainly exciting, but we’d say that given his track record as a coach—a third-place finish at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, and an abortive, unsuccessful stint as coach of Bayern Munich—it’s a gamble, and by no means a guarantee of improvement for U.S. soccer.

Toronto FC Makes Designated-Player Splash with Frings, Koevermans

USMNT fans will remember Frings from 2002.

Toronto FC, which failed to make the playoffs in its first four seasons and has been struggling through a roster overhaul in 2011, announced the signing of two experienced European internationals yesterday.

German midfielder Torsten Frings, 34, and Dutch striker Danny Koevermans, 32, each signed designated player contracts with MLS and will be eligible to play for Toronto after July 15, when the summer international transfer window opens.

Frings, who comes to the Reds from Werder Bremen, has played in two World Cups (2002, and ’06) and in the Euro 2008 final. He’s best known to American fans for his handball on the goal-line during the 2002 World Cup quarterfinal between the U.S. and Germany. The infraction went un-called by Scottish referee Hugh Dallas, and Germany went on to win the game 1-0.

Koevermans has just four caps for the Netherlands, but has scored 136 goals in 253 appearances in the Dutch top flight, for Sparta Rotterdam, AZ Alkmaar, and PSV Eindhoven.

Perhaps fired up by their new signings, Toronto FC picked up their first MLS win since May 7 last night, edging Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1-0 at BMO Field to run their record to 3-7-9.