By the end of what was a glorified scrimmage between Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy and Caleb Porter’s Portland Timbers, captain Robbie Keane realized that he wasn’t facing the Faroe Islands. On the contrary, the Portland Timbers could be the Faroe Islands 10 times out of 10. Take that, Torshavn.
But going back to the point: after a decent June run with the Republic of Ireland national team, it was back to club obligations and Keane, along with Landon Donovan, could not figure out Donovan Ricketts (see what I mean by a glorified scrimmage?) and a then-relative unknown from the Gambia named Pa-Modou Kah.
The inability to string up passes plus a nonexistent shot selection was just part of the problem facing Keane on Wednesday night at the StubHub Center. Despite all that, his importance to the team’s stability and offensive punch helped LA earn a shutout.
“Getting Robbie (Keane) back helps, he is a big part of what we do,” midfielder Landon Donovan told the press. “We had a number of good opportunities where generally we do a little bit better and make a real chance or two out of those opportunities, but that failed us tonight. But we can live with that. The performance, defensively we were better and I think we are getting back to our ways.”
In terms of distribution, Keane had an 84 percent pass success rate to go with four lay offs. Defensively, Keane had three recoveries. But the most galling statistic: no shots on goal. Keane relies on Donovan and Gyasi Zardes to give him an opportunity. Portland’s back line were magnificent in stopping Keane in their defensive third.
“I think it was a defensive game in that both teams defended very well,” Keane said to reporters on Wednesday. “Neither team had many chances, really. I think all in all a draw was a fair result.
“I don’t think we played as well as we could have. Possession wise I think they were the better team. They handled the ball better than we did and we didn’t create any chances for each other. It’s just one of those games I guess. Two good teams defended very well; two teams didn’t have any chances; so it’s just one of those games.
“We definitely need consistency because we aren’t getting any results. Getting results brings consistency, and coming off a game like this is when you start to see results. These are the games that you could quite easily lose. We’ve got another quick game on Sunday and hopefully we can get the three points there.”
And that game on Sunday is against the club that tries its best to be on life support. Are you taking notes…Chivas USA?
Player Rating: 5/10