Robbie Keane scored again as the LA Galaxy qualified for the MLS Cup final despite losing 2-1 to the Seattle Sounders in the second leg of the Western Conference final on Sunday.
Keane is likely to see a return to the Premier League on loan when the MLS season draws to a close this weekend.
Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni confirmed, “I spoke with him about this situation after the game in the Faroe Islands when I told him I would look at other players for the friendly games.
“I said, ‘You have the opportunity, it’s up to you what you want to do.’ It would be good if he didn’t go three months without football but he did say his club were likely to go on tour in Asia.”
STEPHEN Kenny is favorite to take over as manager of Limerick FC after the club sacked Pat Scully just weeks after he led them to promotion back to the Premier Division of the Airtricity League.
Former Monaghan and Bohs boss Roddy Collins has also declared an interest in the job . . .
NEW Shamrock Rovers boss Trevor Croly has signed striker Mark Quigley from Sligo Rovers and midfielder Sean O’Connor from St. Patrick’s Athletic. Croly is also keen on Sligo goalkeeper Richard Brush . . .
GART Rogers, Joseph Ndo, Ross Gaynor and Lee Lynch have agreed deals with Sligo Rovers to remain with the Airtricity League champions next season . . .
IRISH midfielder Keith Fahey has been given compassionate leave by Birmingham City to deal with “personal and family” issues back in Dublin . . .
DARRON Gibson continued his comeback from injury when he played for an hour as an overage player with the Everton under-21 side on Saturday . . .
WINGER Killian Brennan has moved from Shamrock Rovers to St. Patrick’s Athletic while John Russell has agreed a new deal with the Saints . . .
IRISH defender Damien Delaney is to stay with Crystal Palace despite interest from Championship rivals Bolton . . .
DROGHEDA United are in talks with striker Gary O’Neill after his release from Shamrock Rovers . . .
IRISH midfielder Wes Hoolahan could quit Norwich after the club stalled on new contract talks . . .
NEW Chesterfield boss Paul Cook has been linked with Bohs midfielder Evan McMillan . . .
LIVERPOOL have been linked with Reading’s Irish defender Alex Pearce.