Oh Robbie Keane. You poor thing, you. How you never fail to disappoint me in many a match for Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy. Even worse, you never picked a more ill-advised time to deliver [sic]: in the 2013 MLS Western Conference Semifinals against Jason Kreis’s Real Salt Lake.
No goals, no assists, no guts and no glory. Absolute futility on a night where futility wasn’t an option.
A 2-0 victory for Real Salt Lake equals a 2-1 aggregate victory for RSL and no MLS Cup for you, Keano. You’re on a team with no Beckham, no Mike Magee, one Robbie Rogers and a lineup full of youth that isn’t ready for the big time just yet. And as for you, you were AWOL! Absent without leave! A no-show. Let this excuse of an effort be on your head for the entire offseason.
Now then, I turn to you, the readers. On the Opta Chalkboard, Robbie Keane had an 82 percent pass success rate on 44 touches, a 33 percent flick on success rate, four key passes, one blocked shot, two recoveries, four unsuccessful dribbles and lost possession on the challenge 13 times.
Keane was closed down from the first whistle to the last. It didn’t help that he was taken out of his game, didn’t have space, didn’t have a good shot, and just didn’t deliver. To his defense, Keane wasn’t the only one that did not get the work done; just about everyone failed to play like the Los Angeles Galaxy that won the last two MLS Cups.
There isn’t really much I can say about Keane’s performance he didn’t do anything that I thought was noteworthy. It is an ignominious end for the campaign of the captain of a team that lacked set piece defending, finishing and goalkeeping. It’s also a well-deserved end, and this score perhaps matches that of the team this year.
Rest in peace, dynasty.