The Galaxy's skipper netted a wonderfully crafted equaliser in Saturday night's 2-1 win over Club America at the StubHub Center.
LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) July 12, 2015
Steven Gerrard’s long-awaited debut may have been the main storyline when the LA Galaxy faced Club America in Saturday night’s International Champions Cup match at the StubHub Center, but it was club captain Robbie Keane who stole the show with a fantastic equaliser.
With the Galaxy 1-0 down approaching half-time, the 35-year-old striker latched onto a long ball from midfielder Juninho and produced a fine first touch to take the ball down and behind a defender, before slotting post rooted goalkeeper Hugo Gonzalez.
The MLS Cup holders would go on to beat America 2-1 thanks to Alan Gordon’s 88th-minute strike but, Gerrard’s 45-minte run-out aside, it was Keane’s goal – reminiscent of the one Dennis Bergkamp scored against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup quarter-finals – that had most people talking at the final whistle.
“A class touch and class finish, to see where that goalie is and to place it in there,” Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza told the club’s official website. “The goalie stays on his line, maybe it is a more difficult chance, but his awareness is top notch.”
After struggling through the first couple of months of the 2015 campaign with a calf strain, Keane now looking to be hitting full stride again, with his goal against America coming after he bagged a hat-trick in last weekend’s 4-0 thumping of Toronto FC.
The Irishman has been one of the shining starts of MLS since arriving from Tottenham Hotspur in August 2011, having recorded 59 goals and 39 assists in 95 regular-season games, as well as helped LA win three of the past four MLS Cup titles.
With former Liverpool teammate Gerrard now joining him at the StubHub Center to offer up a few more balls like the one Juninho supplied last night, the rest of the league better beware.