Video: Steven Gerrard sets up a fantastic Robbie Keane finish in LA Galaxy win

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The former Liverpool duo combined to help Bruce Arena's men secure a 2-0 win at home to the Vancouver Whitecaps.

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Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard were in the thick of the action for the LA Galaxy on Monday night as they beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 at the StubHub Center.

Keane, who was making his first MLS appearance since returning from Euro 2016, opened the scoring just 12 minutes into the match in spectacular fashion, latching onto a smart pass from Gerrard before firing a curling shot past Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted from the edge of the box.

Jeff Larentowicz later doubled the hosts’ lead just after half-time when he headed home a corner from fellow midfielder Gerrard, giving the former Liverpool captain his second assist of the game and seventh in 12 appearances this season – the second-most in MLS.

The Galaxy were forced to play the final 14 minutes with 10 men after Nigel de Jong was shown a straight red card for a dangerous challenge on Vancouver striker Blas Perez, but they managed to maintain their two-goal lead through a late onslaught to secure their first league win in eight matches.

The return of skipper Keane after a five-game absence proved particularly key to the result, and head coach Bruce Arena was full of praise for the Irishman’s performance at the final whistle.

Chemistry, experience, confidence,” he told lagalaxy.com when asked what the former Tottenham Hotspur striker brings to his side. “We’re halfway into the season and I’d probably give us a B- on the first half, but we haven’t played our team the whole year.

"Hopefully we can get through the next three of four games and have our team in good form when August comes around. It’s been one of those years. Robbie [Keane]’s last full game was when he left here which would have been May 22. It’s July 4. He hasn’t played the whole time he’s been gone and he’s going to have to work to get his fitness back. But he did a heck of a job tonight."

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Arena was also pleased to see Gerrard produce another effective performance as the central attacking midfield role in the team’s 4-2-3-1 formation. The 36-year-old Englishman has thrived in the position over the last two league games, setting up all three of the Galaxy’s goals, and his manager believes there is much more to come from him over the second half of the season.

“The first pass into Robbie for the first goal was good,” Arena added. “He hits great set pieces. As he gets fitter and we get a little bit more coordinated and in a better rhythm as a team in the attacking part of the field he’s going to produce some numbers.

“He’ll get some goals and more assists. But tonight, Steven did a good job, he really did.”

Steven Gerrard playing for the LA Galaxy

Monday night’s victory means the Galaxy move up to fourth place in the Western Conference on 26 points, having recorded six wins, eight draws and suffered three defeats through 17 games of the 2016 campaign.

Their next game sees them travel to the Pacific Northwest to face the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field on Saturday, just 11 days before hosting the same opponents in the US Open Cup quarter-finals.

Steven Gerrard playing for the LA Galaxy

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