A leader can only do so much to help his team, but it starts from helping himself. Los Angeles Galaxy captain/striker Robbie Keane failed to acquit himself on Saturday against Ben Olsen’s D.C. United in their 2-2 draw at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
Keane earned a goal in the seventh minute of plan and an assist in the 81st minute, but couldn’t get his players to work as a team despite his efforts late in a contest. Goals and assists don’t matter if the leadership and professionalism isn’t there, and Keane lacked both.
MLSSoccer.com” href=”http://www.mlssoccer.com/matchcenter/2013-09-14-DC-v-LA/chalkboard” target=”_blank”>On the Opta Chalkboard, the stats also tell of a quiet performances from Keano. In terms of distribution, Keane had a 76 percent pass success rate on 34 touches to go with four key passes, a successful flick-on and cross each, and four lay offs. Keane had two shots on target and one shot off target while earning three recoveries on defense.
“I think when you go 2-1 up with seven minutes to go, it’s obviously disappointing,” Keane told reporters following the game. “We could have gotten three points, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.”
Keane dropped deeper into the back in the second half, and elected to hold on to the ball and become a provider, which led to Stephens’s goal in the 81st minute.
“You hold onto the ball because you wait for people to run, and if they’re not there what can you do?” Keane added. “My legs are strong. I’m not heavy-legged—of course, I’ve been traveling all over the world. I mean, I scored a goal and had an assist, so it can’t be a bad day at the office.”
Maybe so for Keane, but for the rest of the Los Angeles Galaxy, it was worse for a number of players. With A.J. DeLaGarza and Landon Donovan potentially out next week due to injury, the pressure is on Robbie Keane to show a much better form of leadership against two worthy opponents in Isidro Metapan and the Seattle Sounders.