LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane opened the scoring in Sunday's clash against the New York Red Bulls with a stunning chip, before going on to record his second goal and an assist in a 4-0 win.
LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane further proved in Sunday’s 4-0 thumping of the New York Red Bulls why he should be the clear front-runner for the 2014 MLS MVP award.
The 34-year-old Irishman notched up two goals – the first an absolute beauty of a chip – and an assist on the night to help move his side joint-top of the Western Conference with four matches left before the post-season.
'If you ask the players in training, I’m always doing it,' he told the club's official website.
'And it’s better when it comes off, obviously. Tonight it came off, a couple weeks ago against Chivas it came off. At the angle I had… I had to strike it low otherwise I wouldn’t have scored, it was too much of an angle. The only thing I really had was the chip, and as soon as I get an angle like that, I’m always going to do that.'
With 17 goals and 14 assists in 27 games thus far, Keane’s starring performances have been central to the Galaxy’s recent surge in form and, with both strike-partner Gyasi Zardes and MLS legend Landon Donovan also putting in MVP-calibre outings, Bruce Arena’s side look like an excellent bet to claim a third MLS Cup title on four seasons.
Having notched up 51 strikes in 82 appearances since arriving in the States from the Tottenham Hotspur in August 2011, there’s a clear argument to make that LA’s skipper is the league’s greatest ever import, and that reputation could be further enhanced with more accolades at the season’s end.
While Donovan will understandably steal most of the headlines as the play-offs approach, following last month's announcement that he’ll retire at the end of the 2014 campaign, there’s no doubt that the ever-consistent Keane remains the team’s most influential and irreplaceable piece going forward.