Jake Keegan at St. Patrick's Athletic FC (Ireland)

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  1. gufcfan

    gufcfan Member

    Jun 3, 2014
    Club:
    Galway United


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  2. gufcfan

    gufcfan Member

    Jun 3, 2014
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  3. Hararea

    Hararea Member+

    Jan 21, 2005
    Keegan went 120 and converted a PK in the shootout in the semis of the League of Ireland Cup. Will face Morgan Langley's St Pat's in the final.
     
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  4. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
    Snip:

    The Tribesmen are back in a final for the first time in 18 years having eliminated Dundalk on penalties on Monday.

    And they will face St Patrick’s Athletic in the September 19 showpiece, which could yet be staged at their own Eamonn Deacy Park.

    The Saints have beaten Galway twice in the league this season but American striker Keegan says form goes out the window in a one-off game.

    “It’s great for the people of Galway and you could see how much it means to everybody with the kids running on the pitch at the end - it was a great result, we defended superbly,” he said.

    Galway were ravaged by injuries and could only name four subs but Keegan, who scored a penalty in the shootout, added: “It says a lot about our character.”
    http://www.irishmirror.ie/sport/galway-united-star-jake-keegan-6199203
     
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  5. gufcfan

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  7. gufcfan

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  8. The Irish Rover

    The Irish Rover Member+

    Aug 1, 2010
    Dublin
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Ireland Republic
    That's 16 goals in a 27-games-played season, and for a relegation-struggler too (six points seperate bottom from 7th in the 12-team D1). Genuinely impressive.

    He must have attracted some attention from the UK lower divisions by now. Hopefully the WP won't be an issue.
     
  9. gufcfan

    gufcfan Member

    Jun 3, 2014
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    Galway United
    Like everyone else, he'll be a free agent in November, but I dunno if he'll get a move to the Football League.
     
  10. gufcfan

    gufcfan Member

    Jun 3, 2014
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  11. BostonRed

    BostonRed Member+

    Oct 9, 2011
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Since the WP regs apply to all levels, he would have a dickens of a time catching on in the UK. Better head to the continent.
     
  12. Testudo

    Testudo Member+

    Jan 29, 1999
    Arlington, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Galçelona...

    Like the USA chant :)
     
  13. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
    Some dude starring in a European league wants to finish his career in MLS:

    Keegan is open to extending his stay in Ireland, before getting a crack at MLS. “I’m happy to keep playing in Ireland but in the long term I’d very much like to play a few years in the MLS.”

    He actually passed up a trial with Philadelphia Union to travel but has, he insists, no regrets about the decision.

    “Just to be in the league now would be an honour,” he says. “To be in the same side or to play against some of these guys, some of the biggest names in world football. It would be a great thing to be able to do.

    “But even at the time I don’t think I realised how good it was going to be for me to move away for a while. Looking back on it, I’ve learned so much; not just about the game but about myself and the way the world is.

    “I’ve no regrets. But I still hope to play MLS one day and I believe that if I can keep playing well, I’ll get my chance.”​

    http://www.irishtimes.com/sport/soc...an-targets-cup-success-and-survival-1.2354401

    ;)
     
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  14. Testudo

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    Jan 29, 1999
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    [​IMG]
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  15. gufcfan

    gufcfan Member

    Jun 3, 2014
    Club:
    Galway United
    Jake will be missed. Hope to see him do well there.

    I wouldn't be surprised to see another yank among our ranks in the 2016 season.
     
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  16. gufcfan

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  17. Dough Boy

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    Sep 27, 2014
    A belated thanks for all the updates @gufcfan! They were much appreciated.
     
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  18. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
    Posting only for context -- Jake will be back with NASL Edmonton this season. He scored 5 goals for them last year, a substantially lower per game yield than he'd ever experienced as a pro. (The team's leader only scored 6, however.)
     
  19. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
    All news is local: Jake The American was interviewed about the MNT's World Cup ouster for an Edmonton paper.

    “It’s disappointing, but I think that people are blowing it a little bit out of proportion. There is a lot of good that can come out of it,” said FC Edmonton’s American forward Jake Keegan. “It’s disappointing because the World Cup brings people together and it adds fans to the game that you wouldn’t normally have. Four years ago, we probably added a few hundred thousand fans that weren’t fans before that, and this World Cup, we could have done the same thing. So from that perspective, it’s disappointing.

    “But at the same time, it makes you look in the mirror, similar to the season we’re having here. It makes you look in the mirror and ask yourself how to make things better? How do you change? How do you make sure something like this doesn’t happen again?”
    http://edmontonjournal.com/sports/s...believes-good-can-come-out-of-u-s-elimination
     
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  20. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
  21. The Irish Rover

    The Irish Rover Member+

    Aug 1, 2010
    Dublin
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Ireland Republic
    "Ireland's top division" needs to be put in context. It's 39th in Europe, sandwiched between Finland and the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania). Financially, the League of Ireland is below League 2 - significantly so - and a fair number of Conference sides would be better-resourced. So would the vast majority of USL sides.

    Saint Pat's, Ryan Guy's old stomping ground, are one of the strongest sides in the league, including finances. I remember the coach doing a Radio Interview and talking about putting foreign players up in club houses, so Jake would have free (shared) accommodation with the deal. For the duration of the season he'll be a full-timer.

    The good thing about the League of Ireland is that it's well-scouted by League One and lower-level Scottish sides and a few players have made the jump, even to the Championship. If he's top-level in Ireland, and has an Irish passport, he may still be able to get offers.
     
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  22. DC_Dave

    DC_Dave Member+

    DC United
    United States
    May 16, 2017
    Jake is starting on the bench today as St. Patricks hosts Cork City in Rep. of Ireland Premier League
     
  23. DC_Dave

    DC_Dave Member+

    DC United
    United States
    May 16, 2017
    Jake did make his debut, coming off the bench at 64 minutes, in a losing effort, as St Patricks lose 2 - 3 in their season opener
     
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