Irish Daily Mirror

Derrick’s LA dream come true

V Cardiff

- BY PAUL O’HEHIR

DERRICK WILLIAMS wants to become an LA Galaxy hero like Robbie Keane.

The Republic of Ireland internatio­nal last night completed his move to the MLS giants on a two-year deal with the option of a third..

Ex-striker Keane, who starred for Galaxy between 2011 and 2016, recommende­d the defender to his former club.

And Williams - who was born in Germany to an American father and Irish mother - is keen to leave his mark.

“I’m really excited about the move and as soon as I heard they were interested, I wanted to make it happen,” said the former Blackburn Rovers defender.

“Robbie Keane spoke

highly of the place and hopefully I can do as well as Robbie Keane did over here.”

Waterford man Williams, 28, added: “I want to win trophies and when I think of American football, I think of LA Galaxy being one of the best teams.

“My family is from America and I’ve always wanted to come back here. I’m feeling very positive about it.”

LA Galaxy General Manager Dennis te Kloese said: “Derrick is an experience­d defender who has played at a high level in England and internatio­nally.

“We believe Derrick will strengthen our defense and add competitio­n to the position.

“We’re excited to have Derrick join the squad and look forward to his contributi­ons to the club.”

Williams has three Ireland caps and was in Stephen Kenny’s squad as recently as October.

Huddersfie­ld

Kick-off, 7.45pm

MICK MCCARTHY heads into his 1,000th game as a manager on a high at Cardiff.

But the veteran’s huge experience means he knows he could get knifed in the back at any moment.

Mccarthy (left), 62, signed a two-year deal with the club yesterday. He is unbeaten since replacing Neil Harris in January.

And ahead of tonight’s trip to Huddersfie­ld, he said: “I was 32 when I took over as a manager – I’m a bit more comfortabl­e in the role now.

“It’s all about getting results and at the moment it’s great. Everybody gives you a pat on the back and then suddenly there is a knife in their hand. It’s just the way it is.

“There’s not a chance in this world I’ll be getting carried away. We’ll just keep pecking away.”

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FAVOURITE SON Keane was a big hit in Los Angeles
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MOVING STATESIDE Ireland’s Derrick Williams
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