LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane is currently enjoying a fine run of form in MLS, and on Sunday the former Premier League stalwart netted what will likely be a leading Goal of the Year award contender.
A heavy run of fixtures in recent weeks saw Keane start on the bench for the SuperClásico against rivals Chivas USA but, after coming on in the 59th minute with the Galaxy leading 1-0, the club captain would go on to have quite an impact on the match.
The Irishman made the score 2-0 just eight minutes after his introduction, chipping a shot over Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy after nutmegging defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, before helping set up youngster Gyasi Zardes three minutes later to seal a 3-0 win.
With 14 goals and 12 assists in 23 games thus far, Keane has been one of the most consistent performers in MLS and is no doubt among the top candidates for the MVP award as the regular season reaches its closing stages.
Having previously helped the Galaxy to successive MLS Cup wins in 2011 and 2012, the 34-year-old is now looking to guide Bruce Arena’s side to a third title in four seasons, in a feat which would see his reputation as one of the league’s greatest ever imports further enhanced.
While MLS legend Landon Donovan is set to steal most of the headlines during the final stretch of the season, after announcing earlier this month that he’ll retire at the end of 2014, there’s no doubt that the ever-reliable Keane remains the team’s most irreplaceable piece for their post-season push.