Time and time again, Robbie Keane continues to prove why he is deserving of being the captain of the Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy. In the 78th minute, he finished off a delivery from Hector Jimenez to give the Galaxy a 1-1 draw with Sigi Schmid’s Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. on Sunday night.
With the draw, the Galaxy end the regular season with a 15-11-8 record (53 points) and a third-place finish in the MLS Western Conference. For most of the match, Keane was held at bay by the liked of Jhon Kennedy Hurtafo, Djimi Traore, Marc Burch and DeAndre Yedlin. But late in the match, Seattle failed to close down the space that Keane was generating, and they paid the price.
On the Opta Chalkboard, Keane had an 86 percent pass success rate on 36 touches. He had a successful flick on, a lay off, two unsuccessful crosses and a key pass. In terms of shots, Keane had two shots on target and one off target to go with the goal.
In terms of set piece, Keane did have one successful throw in and defensively, Keane lost a tackle and had three recoveries. Finally, in terms of ball possession, Keane lost possession on the tackle nine times while winning a foul.
Keane did earn a yellow card and conceded two fouls, which is why his score is reduced. Still it does not take away the fact that he was able to finish the game despite coming up gimpy midway through the second half, perhaps due to a cramp or pulled muscle. In addition, Keane’s leadership and on-the-fly mentoring to rookies like Greg Cochrane were invaluable.
So with the Galaxy preparing for Real Salt Lake, the onus is on Robbie Keane to exhibit a level of character and leadership that will be contagious and badly needed for a side that had been inconsistent at times but also successful on other occasions. If things go right, the MLS Cup Playoffs will be Keane’s time to shine.