The Republic of Ireland may not qualify for next year’s FIFA World Cup, but that doesn’t mean Robbie Keane slows down his engine. He’s a goal machine, a proven champion forward that keeps Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy in the thick of things. Also known as an MLS Designated Player.
Granted, it was an easy day in the part for Keano in their 5-0 thrashing of Jose Luis Real’s Chivas USA, but the goals were smooth as silk. Keane got it going in the sixth minute with a strike that was delivered on a platter by Landon Donovan and Gyasi Zardes, who earned Man of the Match from the View from Avalon’s player ratings.
Then, in the 90th minute, with the game done and dusted, Laurent Courtois—who now joins a select few in playing for both teams in the SuperClasico—delivered a pass to Keane, who finished with precision to ice the game and another three points for the defending MLS Champions.
On the Opta Chalkboard, Keane had an 85 percent pass success rate on 47 touches, to go with two through balls and two lay offs. Defensively, he had three recoveries and in terms of ball possession, Keane had a 40 percent dribble success rate. It’s the shot selection that tells the story here. Keane had two shots on target, three off target and two blocked shots.
Keane and Donovan were putting Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy on notice, and Keane even tried one from distance, reminiscent of another former Galaxy player’s goal. It went over the crossbar, but had gone in, Keano gets another hat trick.
Unfortunately for Galaxy fans, Keane will be unavailable for the match against Montreal because the Republic of Ireland have a faint chance of making the UEFA playoffs for World Cup Qualification. That will not take away from another solid performance at home against a team that, quite honestly, need to move out, and fast.