Robbie Keane’s LA Galaxy were knocked out of the CONCACAF Champions League at the semi-final stage following a 1-0 loss in Mexico as US soccer observers lament another failure to get over the last main obstacle facing the American game.
The MLS side were aiming to become the league’s first winners of the competition which would also have seen a first appearance by an American side in the World Club Cup.
League rivals Seattle Sounders also exited at the semi-finals the previous night and the trophy will now be contested by two Mexican sides, Monterrey and Santos Laguna who meet for the second straight year.
Monterrey’s Aldo De Nigris scored with ten minutes remaining to eliminate Keane and the Galaxy and set up a tilt at a third successive Champions League crown.
Teams from south of the border have been dominant in the competition and reaching the final represents the next big breakthrough for soccer in the US.
Keane missed Ireland’s last World Cup qualifier with Austria after picking up an injury in the game with Sweden. The Irish and LA captain was back in club action last night but couldn’t help his team achieve the two goals needed to reverse the 2-1 home defeat in the first leg.
While Landon Donovan returned to club duty after his self-imposed break, MLS Analyst Matthew Doyle was frustrated with the display of Keane, the man who inherited the armband from the US international.
Although out of this year’s competition, the Galaxy will be back in the CONCACAF Champions League this summer thanks to their MLS Cup title win last season. Keane and co. return to league action this weekend with an away clash at FC Dallas on Saturday.