Robbie Keane helps LA Galaxy lift MLS Cup
Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane made the incisive pass last night as Landon Donovan’s single goal saw LA Galaxy beat Houston Dynamos in the final of the MLS Cup.
Ireland’s record international goalscorer had the ball in the net himself just after half time, but was wrongly called offside. However, it was Keane’s run and pass after David Beckham’s knock-on that set up American captain Landon Donovan for the night’s only goal in the 72nd minute.
Keane admitted that traveling to Estonia and Dublin for Euro 2012 playoffs took it out of him, but was pleased to add another medal to his collection. “It was a tiring week, to be honest,” Keane said after the match. “The travelling got to me a little bit towards the end. Six games in two weeks, it’s a bit tough, but we won and that’s the main thing.
“I wasn’t quite sure whether I was offside for my goal and I had another shot and should have hit the target, but I set Landon up for the goal that won the championship and that’s the most important thing. They made it hard for us. We dominated the game to be honest with you but we just didn’t get through. I just dropped off and I saw Landon running through. It was sort of a reverse pass to him and Landon did the rest, it was a great finish. From then on, we knew we were going to win.”
English superstar David Beckham looks set to leave the MLS Cup winners after his contract expires, and has been heavily linked with a move to Paris St Germain. Keane admitted that he would like the winger to stay, but that it’s unlikely that the Galaxy will keep hold of their marquee signing. “I’ve loved playing with David Beckham and hopefully we will continue to play together,” Keane said. “I’ve played against David over the years and I got a taste of how good he is when he trained with Spurs last winter. But it has been a pleasure to play with him for the Galaxy.”
The new Major League Soccer season (2012) will not kick off until March, and will feature the inclusion of a 19th team: the Montreal Impact, but Keane is not expected to move on loan back to Europe for the off-season, saying that he wants to be rested and fit for the European Championships with Ireland next summer.
Watch Landon Donovan’s game winning goal: