Well, that was one Los Angeles Galaxy captain Robbie Keane would want to forget, and he’s a had a share of matches where he didn’t pull his weight. Against a team like Jose Luis Real’s Chivas USA, the onus was on Keane to deliver immediately, and he failed to do so and had to be bailed out by his supporting cast.
Despite the 1-0 victory for Bruce Arena’s Galaxy, Keane just felt out of place, and the stats on the Opta Chalkboard reflect that. Keane did have an 80 percent pass success rate, but he also had a 50 percent cross success rate, just three recoveries and two unsuccessful dribbles.
A lack of communication between Keane and Donovan resulted in a bevy of bad touches and misplays that kept Chivas in this game despite being manhandled in the match statistics.
The most defining moment of Keane’s efforts on Sunday came in the 34th minute, when he was called for obstructing Kennedy on a would-be goal for Robbie Rogers. His complaining fell on deaf ears, and from my perspective, he should have been carded for his complaints.
Of course, the Galaxy did win the game regardless, and Keane apparently is content to let the limelight shine of one Gyasi Zardes. According to Keano, it isn’t just about Keano. Seems fair, right?
“[Zardes] was a good outlet for us,” Keane said of the rookie to reporters. “He’s very quick, and very good in the air, as you’ve seen today. He’s certainly growing on us the more games he plays, scoring goals and playing a lot of minutes is certainly going to help him.
“I think he understands now where to run as a striker, and how to mix and match looks, knowing when to come and knowing when to go long, because with his pace it’s important that he stays sometimes just under the line of defense because he is so fast that he can get in behind him. He’s certainly learning as you saw today with some of those runs and his link up play was very good, as I said he’s certainly growing.
“I don’t think we created too many chances for ourselves, and to be honest I still don’t think we’re kind of near our peak yet. I think were slowly, surely getting there, but as long as you keep getting results we know that it’s only a matter of time before we hit tip-top form.”
You’re not going to hit tip-top form playing like that, though, Keano. Especially with a certain team from San Jose awaiting your…arrival.