LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane proved his worth to his side once again on Sunday afternoon, scoring the goal which lifted them to a record fifth MLS Cup.
Keane, the game’s MVP, collected a Marcelo Sarvas pass over the top and tucked home the winner after 111 minutes to give LA their third championship in four seasons with a 2-1 win over the New England Revolution.
Striker Gyasi Zardes had opened the scoring seven minutes after halftime to place the Galaxy in front, before Revolution left-back Chris Tierney responded in the final 15 minutes to force extra-time.
Keane himself didn’t have the best of matches, missing a number of chances over the course of the 90 minutes, but he delivered when it mattered most with the game on the line to ensure retiring teammate Landon Donovan went out on a high in front of his own fans at the StubHub Center.
“It was not the best game, to be honest with you,” Keane said at the final whistle. “It was hard. New England played very well.
"We have to give them a lot of credit, the way they came and really set their game plan. But at the end of the day, when it’s 120 minutes, it’s whoever comes out stronger in extra time. I thought we came out stronger in extra time.”
Keane is coming off an outstanding 2014 campaign, in which the Irishman grabbed 19 goals and 14 assists in 29 regular-season games to claim the MLS MVP award, with his head coach Bruce Arena moved to sing the Irishman’s praises after the match.
“The greatness of Robbie Keane -- he scores a goal that makes the difference in the match,” he told reporters. “I can’t say enough about Robbie. He’s been a special leader, a great player, and a great friend and teammate. So I’m real happy for Robbie.”
Added defender Dan Gargan: “He’s our rock. We’ve been leaning on him for that extra little something all year, and he came through just like he always does. He’s a beast. He’s got that little extra something.”