Ireland captain Robbie Keane has retained his place in the roster for next month's 2012 European Championship qualifiers despite moving to the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The team said Tuesday that the striker will return from the United States for the Sept. 2 home match against Slovakia and the trip to Moscow to play Russia four days later. Ireland tops Group B on goal difference ahead of Russia and Slovakia.

Keane scored in his MLS debut Saturday night, converting a pass from David Beckham in the 21st minute of the Galaxy's 2-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes.