This past September, American striker Jake Keegan told the Irish Times that he was looking forward to extending his stay with Galway United, then looking to have a crack at returning to North American soccer.
“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 was quoted in the paper (CLICK HERE).
But, two months later, Keegan has confirmed he’ll be playing in Canada in 2016 — with FC Edmonton of the NASL. The Eddies announced Keegan’s arrival Thursday, along with news that they had re-signed veteran fullback Eddie Edward.
So, why did Keegan sign the deal that brings him over to NASL?
“It looked like a club that looked like it was ready to take the next step in the league and push up the table,” Keegan said from his home in New York State, as he and his family prepared for Thanksgiving Day celebrations. “Speaking with Colin [FCE coach Colin Miller] I got that impression as well. I wanted to come over to the States, to Canada — close enough, I suppose. After playing in Ireland for a couple of years, I really wanted to establish myself, or try to establish myself, in the States. And I feel this a good opportunity to do that.
“I think I was leaning towards, if I got an offer here, to coming back to North America to play. When I got the offer, the decision was made at the point.”
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