One of the top 1-2 combinations in Major League Soccer is the Los Angeles Galaxy tandem of Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane. Donovan does the providing, while Keane does the finishing. His two goals in the second half sank Javier Delgado’s Club Sport Cartagines 2-0 in CONCACAF Champions League group stage play on Tuesday night at StubHub Center.
And both of them were all Landon Donovan. The first one in the 66th minute: Donovan find a streaking Keane, who uses his first touch slip a cheeky tap-in past Azules goalkeeper Wardy Alfaro, who had been rock-solid in goal until then. In the third minute of stoppage time, Donovan found Keane again, who easily won his 1-v-1 with Alfaro to put the game on ice.
But it’s not just the finishing that defines Keane’s rating here on the View. It’s the other stuff from the Opta Chalkboard, which is the top determining factor of all the player ratings for the Galaxy on this FanSided blog.
In terms of distribution, Keane had a 69 percent pass success rate, seven lay offs, a 50 percent cross success rate and a key pass. One of the reasons why he earns just a nine is because of his three unsuccessful flick ons. Oh yes, and the fact that he didn’t earn a hat trick like he did against Real Salt Lake, but that’s another story.
Shots-wise, Keane had four shots on target, a shot off target and a blocked shot. Defensively, Keane had one interception and four recoveries. Another reason why he has a nine is because his unsuccessful dribble and two fouls conceded, not because he lost possession on the challenge 12 times.
But the main reason why he earns a nine is because of his desire to take this game by the horns. Before the match began, Keane issued an order to the Galaxy fans to come out and cheer the boys on. Even though under 10,000 showed up because of the midweek game factor, it was all worth it.
Robbie Keane is a fine athlete that can finish, but he needs the provider to make it work. Keane and Donovan, or Keanovan, have placed the Los Angeles Galaxy on the rebound this year. As for Keane, expect his leadership and class to be a deciding factor in the teams fortunes in this competition…and league play.