Scoring Rob Damns Vancouver’s Late Leveller


Robbie Keane was not a happy man as his LA Galaxy side let slip their lead in Vancouver. Having scored the winner a week ago against the same opposition, Keane was on target again against the Whitecaps, but this time the sides shared the spoils thanks to a late leveller.

“You can’t go up five minutes to go and lose the game,” Keane said in his post-match comments. “There’s no point in speaking about the two goals that we scored, because it’s pointless if we go away from home and play the way we played, how well we played, and then concede goals like we conceded. It’s schoolboy, under-12s kind of stuff.”

“You work your socks off to keep the ball, make things happen, come to a tough place — a very, very tough place — the field is not great, difficult to play on, but we made it good, and then we give two sloppy goals away.”

Keane put Galaxy ahead in the 77th minute after the Canadian Darren Mattock had cancelled out Stefan Ishiaki’s 37th minute opener. The Irish captain poked home from close-range after a knock-down to score his fourth goal in five games and a second in successive weeks. On this occasion, Vancouver struck late through Kakuta Manneh four minutes of time to secure a draw.

“We have to snap out of that fairly quickly,” Keane told reporters. “Last year we conceded so many goals [in] the last 15 minutes of games, it was ridiculous. We have to make sure that doesn’t happen again. Today was one of those days. Take nothing away from [Manneh], it was a great strike, but we shouldn’t have been in that situation in the first place. …

“This feels like a loss, to be honest with you. That’s how I look at it. I don’t see it as a draw. It feels like a loss to me.”

Video: Major League Soccer

See also: Robbie’s Happy to Keep Ruling the Galaxy 

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