Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane has urged his international colleague Richard Dunne to join him in the MLS.
LA Galaxy striker Keane, who is relishing his spell on America’s west coast, believes his long-standing friend and team-mate can enjoy a similar finish flourish to his career in the MLS.
Injury plagued defender Dunne will leave Aston Villa this summer after failing to kick a ball since last summer’s Euro 2012 finals, but the 33-year-old Dubliner is not prepared to hang up his boots despite hip and groin problems placing his future in serious doubt.
Dunne is set to make his comeback in the Republic of Ireland’s international against Georgia on Sunday and he has admitted the idea of a move to America is a possibility as he looks to reignite his career.
"Robbie has been on at me about me looking at moving to America for a while and it is something to look at, but I think everything hangs on playing a few times for Ireland over the next ten days," Dunne told Ireland’s Sunday World newspaper.
"I’ve got to get match-fit and show any possible employer than I can be an asset for them for next season."
Dunne admits he would preferred to play a behind-closed-doors game to mark his comeback rather than a high-profile international, but his relief at finally getting back into action ensures he will give his all in front of the Dublin crowd.
"This is the match that is available and it’s brilliant that the Ireland manager has given me the opportunity to have a game," he added.
"The boss thinks I can play in the qualifiers next season. That’s why to have the opportunity to be around the squad again last week was great."