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MLS news & notes: Robbie Keane joins Galaxy, Chris Pontius honored, Drew Moor’s streak, Adam Moffat’s goal

*Ireland striker Robbie Keane, a prolific scorer in the English Premier League for nine years, will join the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The MLS club purchased him from London’s Tottenham Hotspur for a reported $3.5 million. His arrival forces the Galaxy to move one of its other high-priced players: Landon Donovan, David Beckham or Juan Pablo Angel. With Donovan and Beckham serving as the foundation of the league-leading club, Angel, 35, will be traded, leave the league or retire. Chivas USA has been mentioned. He has three goals in 22 appearances this year and will earn $1.25 million.

The word I received is that Keane, 31, will earn $4.5 million guaranteed in both 2012 and ‘13. It’s unclear what his prorated salary will be the remainder of this year.

If the Galaxy (13-3-9) wasn’t the MLS Cup favorite yesterday, it is today.

*D.C. United’s Chris Pontius (two goals vs. Vancouver) was named MLS player of the week — the third consecutive week a DCU player has won the award following Dwayne De Rosario’s consecutive honors.

*With his 90-minute performance over the weekend, Colorado Rapids defender Drew Moor has tied the league record for consecutive regular season appearances by a field player without missing a minute (67 matches). Peter Vermes did it from 1998 to 2000. Moor’s streak started in late 2009. Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman holds the all-time mark (112 in 2006-09).

*Speaking of the Rapids, since visiting President Obama and the White House in late June, they are 5-1-3.

*Adam Moffat’s goal from 38 yards for the Houston Dynamo vs. Portland Timbers on Sunday night:

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.


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