Robbie Keane scores as LA Galaxy beat Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0
Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane returned to the scoresheet for LA Galaxy last night, scoring his side’s second goal in a 3-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps.
Returning to Major League Soccer after Euro 2012, Keane showed off his new haircut with a well-taken finish in the 31st minute after skipping past three defenders. The goal is Keane’s 4th league goal of the 2012 MLS Season, and after he scored, the Irish captain ran straight to the touchline where he produced a jersey which read “RIP James Nolan” in tribute to the Irish fan who died in Poland during the European Championships.
Keane also had a part in the other two goals, forcing Josh Saunders to spill the ball at Mike Magee’s feet for the opener, and winning the penalty for Landon Donovan to slot home the third. The win is LA Galaxy’s third consecutive victory as they continue to climb the table, while brining Vancouver’s five-game unbeaten run to an end.
After the match, Keane explained his celebration to US journalists, and told them that he intends to send the shirt to James Nolan’s family: “It was a young Irish fan who went to Poland, 21 years of age, and unfortunately drowned. Obviously, the whole country was sad and I called his father today to send my condolences and to say that my thoughts were with him and the family. It was just a gesture because the Irish people are very close and they stick with each other through good times and bad times. He was a big, big soccer fan and it was a shame, so it was just a show of respect really.”
Watch Keane’s goal at the 2.30 mark: