Los Angeles Galaxy forward Robbie Keane did not have one of his better performances on Saturday night against the Portland Timbers.
Galaxy manager Bruce Arena could only watch as Keane was pulled out in the 79th minute for Jack McBean and soon after, Los Angeles followed the script in terms of giving up goals late and fell, 2-1, to Caleb Porter’s Timbers at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore.
MLSSoccer.com” href=”http://www.mlssoccer.com/matchcenter/2013-07-13-POR-v-LA/chalkboard” target=”_blank”>In terms of distribution, Keane had a 70 percent pass success rate on 33 touches, four lay offs, a successful cross and a key pass. He also had a 50 percent flick on success rate and a through ball. In terms of shots, Keane had one shot on target and one shot off target.
Defensively, Keane had three recoveries. Ball possession was where Keane struggled. He only had a 20 percent dribble success rate and loss possession on the challenge 16 times. Despite the absence of Pa-Modou Kah and Will Johnson, Mamadou “Futty” Dansou and the rest of the Timbers were able to hold Keane in check for a majority of the match.
In the second half, Keane was not feeling too flash and had to leave the game to to a hip flexor injury in the 79th minute. The Galaxy struggled without their field general in the lineup and predictably lost the game on a set piece late in stoppage time.
Without Keane’s leadership, Los Angeles is unable to close out contests, and this was a game that the Galaxy needed to win. It will be interesting to see how Keane’s health affect the Galaxy for the remaining matches in July until Landon Donovan returns.