Here is something that we learned outside the six things that is an extraordinary case in itself: Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy needs Landon Donovan healthy. Without Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane is ineffective, period.
The Galaxy captain was hoping that the young blood would be able to deliver and feed balls his way. Unfortunately Jose Villareal and Gyasi Zardes are not Landon Donovan, and Seattle was able to clearly take Keano out of his game.
On the Opta Chalkboard, Keane had an 86 percent pass success rate on 22 touches, two through balls, three lay offs and three key passes. Defensively, Keane had two recoveries. But get this: Keane failed to get a single shot off.
And you know why? No Landon Donovan. Keane and Donovan, or Keanovan as I call it, are potent when both players are healthy. Without Landon Donovan in the lineup, Robbie Keane just couldn’t put the team on his shoulders and the Galaxy were lucky that Juninho spared the home side some Major League blushes.
“It’s certainly a game that we deserved to win,” Keane said of the result. “They got (the first) goal and then we did well to get back into it. And, certainly, in the second half, we had a much better team but unfortunately we couldn’t break them down.”
Then again, Los Angeles could have finished on top without Donovan, if their finishing stroke hit a purple patch late being a man up.
“Yeah, it was a little off,” Keane said. “Things weren’t falling. A lot of balls into the box, a few ricochets here and there, but they just didn’t fall for us. It’s just one of those things. But we played well. We’re certainly the better team. It’s a game obviously we wanted to get three points but we didn’t.”
The Supporters’ Shield is not out of the question, but if Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane are not on the same pitch together to get the points in league play, it might as well be.
“There’s a lot of points still to be got,” Keane said of the Shield race. “It’s certainly not over but of course the ball is certainly in their court, there’s no question about that.
“But as long as we push and keep pushing until we give ourselves a good spot in the playoffs we will be fine.”