On the night when Steven Gerrard was introduced to the LA crowd for the first time, his former Liverpool teammate netted the third hat-trick of his MLS career to help his side seal a 4-0 victory and earn the league’s Player of the Week award in the process.
The veteran striker converted a spot-kick in the ninth-minute, finished a well-worked team move with a tap-in just before half-time and then added a third on the hour-mark to make it six goals in 11 league games this term.
Speaking to the club’s official website after the match, having seen ex-West Ham United midfielder Sebastian Lletget add a late fourth to complete the scoring, the Irishman said: “No such thing as an easy hat trick. I wish it was, if that was the case I’d score a hat trick every week.
“You have to finish them. You have to be in the right place at the right time. When opportunities are like that, just be ready. Always wait for someone to make a mistake, always expect the unexpected. The hat trick, the goalie didn’t see me, and I anticipated it and got in.
“So I’m delighted, but it was about how I felt really more than anything else. I felt like I was just getting there last week, and then San Jose away, it was a bit of a shamble. To play in that stadium, and then getting go-carts to the field, it was just ridiculous. But tonight you can see, Galaxy was back to our self and it was a good performance.”
Keane, 34, has been one of the shinning starts of MLS since arriving from Tottenham Hotspur in August 2011, recording 59 goals and 39 assists in 95 regular-season games, while also helping LA win three of the past four MLS Cup titles.
In addition, the Irishman also claimed the league’s MVP award last term after scoring 19 times and adding 14 assists in 29 appearances, before bagging the extra-time winner in December’s MLS Cup final against the New England Revolution.
A calf strain picked up in April forced him to miss a seven-game stretch but, having now gotten back to full fitness, he looks set to continue his goalscoring exploits alongside the incoming Gerrard as Bruce Arena’s men bid for a fourth title in five seasons.