Robbie Keane continued his lightning start to the new season for LA Galaxy scoring in a 4-1 win over Costa Rican side Herediano to send the MLS side into the CONCACAF semi-finals for the first time. The Irish captain has also replaced David Beckham as the face of the MLS champions in a high-profile advertisement campaign.
The Irish captain has hit the ground running in the new MLS campaign. He was on target in the season opener with Chicago Fire and last night, the Tallaghtman grabbed the third against Herediano to send the Galaxy into the Champions League final four.
“I think once we had that second goal, we killed them off. … I don’t think (Herediano) were brilliant, to be honest. They didn’t look like they were going to score. It was quite a comfortable performance,” said Keane.
Back in November, as David Beckham prepared to play his last game for the Galaxy, we wrote that Robbie was set to take up the baton as MLS’ highest profile player. Since then the 32-year-old was placed centre stage on the redesign of the MLS website and has now replaced Beckham on a Galaxy bus advertisement campaign in Los Angeles.
He was the butt of world-wide jokes when labelled an ‘unidentified fan’ alongside Beckham at an NBA game but that also changed last week when Keane was snapped at another basketball event.
Ireland’s record scorer was recently named the new captain of LA Galaxy by coach Bruce Arena, replacing US soccer darling Landon Donovan who is in self-imposed exile but is expected to return to LA at this month.
Galaxy will now play Mexico’s Monterrey, the two-time defending champions, in early April. The Seattle Sounders face Mexico’s Santos Laguna in the other semi-final clash.