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Robbie Keane double helps LA Galaxy secure playoff spot

23 September 2012 4,015 views No Comment Written by Ronan

Robbie Keane scored twice as LA Galaxy defeated Darren O’Dea’s Toronto FC 4-2 to reach the MLS playoffs.

Two goals from Brazilian hotshot Juninho gave LA Galaxy a 2-0 lead at the Home Depot Center before some fine play from Mike Magee and Landon Donovan allowed Keane to put Galaxy three-up with a coolly taken shot. Toronto FC clawed their way back into the game, but the Republic of Ireland captain was on hand once again to shore things up in the 92nd minute, scoring his 14th goal of the 2012 MLS Season.

LA Galaxy are the defending MLS Cup champions, and this is the fourth year in a row that they have reached the playoffs. Keane now has a goal or an assist in each of his last six games and in 12 of his 15 games since returning from the European Championships, scoring 11 goals and adding six assists in that time. The Dubliner is now second in the MLS scoring charts behind San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski.

After the game, Keane told the club’s official website that the team could have done better despite the victory. “It was good, I think we did well,” Keane said. “We’re a bit disappointed with the goals we conceded obviously, but you can’t expect in this league to have a clean sheet every game. You try your best but you’re going to come up sometimes against difficult opposition. And even though we looked in control tonight, when you concede two goals and there’s 10 minutes or 30 minutes left and you’re only winning by one goal, sometimes the nerves can get at you, but thankfully we got the fourth goal and then we knew it was over.”

Galaxy captain Landon Donovan also spoke of his partnership with Keane, saying “He’s very easy to play with. He’s very predictable in a lot of ways, the way he moves, so him and I have a really good understanding. I know how he wants the ball, where he wants it, and it’s on me to make sure I give him the right pass, the right way and the right time. He makes it very clear how he wants it done and if I do those things well, he’s going to score goals.”

Darren O’Dea picked up a late booking, but was disappointed that his defence conceded four goals. However, he singled out Irish international teammate Keane for praise: “I think if you look at the first goal is a freekick, second goal is a great strike from 30 yards. I think we contained them without playing very well. And, we’re still 3-0 not long after a half an hour. We got back into the game, I think the last goal you can write it off really. It’s disappointing when you look at the goals. Two of them we could have done better with. Robbie [Keane] showed his class. When you give him a chance, he’ll score. I think he only had two shots on goal, but that’s all he needs. We got punished.”

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