Forward Robbie Keane now plies his trade with Major League Soccer's LA Galaxy squad.
He scored 126 English Premier League goals in 349 appearances in a career that started in 1995 with Wolverhampton Wanderers. Keane went on to play with Coventry City, Inter Milan, Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Celtic, West Ham and Aston Villa before settling down in Los Angeles.
After last Monday's 3-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders FC, Keane was asked about comparing MLS to the English Premier League after a spate of poor results for MLS sides in friendlies including a 0-7 rout of his own side by Manchester United.
The Irish national didn't hold back in voicing his opinion on the perception of the U.S. domestic league and what it will take to continue to improve.
He refuted that MLS was a 'crap league' by asking if foreign players would be as keen to come if it were.
"Why is it that all these players from Europe are wanting to come over here and play here?" he asked rhetorically. "(Is it) Because the league is crap?" he answered rolling his eyes before continuing.
"Let's be honest. It's because the league is competitive."