Keane scores on his Galaxy debut
Robbie Keane is congratulated by teammate and fellow British David Beckham after scoring his first goal for the Los Angeles Galaxy against the San Jose Earthquakes.
Robbie Keane scored on his dynamic MLS debut, joining forces with David Beckham to lead the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 2-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday.
The Ireland international striker showed off his trademark cartwheel-somersault goal celebration to fans on a new continent after he converted a Beckham pass in the 21st minute. Keane was active and aggressive in his debut while playing into the 72nd minute.
Los Angeles acquired Keane on Monday from Tottenham Hotspur, putting the 10th-leading goal-scorer in Premier League history alongside Beckham and captain Landon Donovan in a potent attacking lineup.
Keane has previously signaled that he was ready to make a big impact in the States.
“I’m not here on holiday, I’m here to win and score a lot of goals,” said the 31-year-old before his debut. “I’m excited about the opportunity. I’m looking forward to hopefully bringing a lot of success.”
Keane appeared to fit in immediately, generating several good scoring chances in addition to his goal as the Galaxy extended their lead in the Western Conference to six points.
Mike Magee scored the sealer in stoppage time after the Quakes had been reduced to ten men.
In Frisco, Texas, Seattle leapfrogged Dallas in the West standings, with the Sounders moving into second place.
Mauro Rosales scored the sole goal in the 16th minute as Seattle extended its form surge, having lost only once in the past 13 games.
Dallas suffered its first home loss and conceded its first goal at home in five games, and has only won twice in its past eight matches.
In Columbus, the hosts increased their lead in the Eastern Conference to five points, dropping Philadelphia down to third.
Emilio Renteria scored for the Crew in the 37th minute but the Union equalized five minutes later when Veljko Paunovic connected with an unstoppable header from a Keon Daniel cross.
Andres Mendoza scored the winner from the penalty spot in the 51st as Columbus moved six points above Philadelphia.