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L.A. Galaxy, MLS sued over Robbie Keane signing

A sports agency has sued both the Galaxy and Major League Soccer, claiming it is owed $385,000 for helping bring Irish captain Robbie Keane to MLS last summer.

According to Reuters, the complaint, filed by Real Time International Ltd (RTI) in a Manhattan federal court, charges that the Galaxy and the league “exploited information” provided by the agency “without compensation” to complete Keane’s $5.7 million transfer from Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League

A spokesman for the Galaxy declined to comment, citing a team policy against discussing pending litigation. An MLS spokesman also declined to comment.

According to Reuters, the lawsuit alleges that a senior member of the Galaxy asked RTI for assistance in identifying a player the club could acquire within a 10-day period. Once RTI identified Keane, the club entered into talks with his London-based team. When the deal went through, RTI said it sought a percentage of the transfer fee for its assistance, but the Galaxy refused to pay.

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Keane wound up playing eight games for the Galaxy last season, scoring three goals and assisting on the Landon Donovan score that beat Houston, 1-0, in last fall’s MLS Cup final. Keane, 32, has been even better this season, scoring 12 times in 23 games with the Galaxy, including what proved to be the game-winning goal in Friday’s victory over Colorado.

Keane, who signed a two-year deal with the Galaxy in August 2011, is guaranteed $3.417 million this season, making him the team’s second-best-paid player behind David Beckham.

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