WATCH - Real Salt Lake midfielder taunts LA Galaxy fans with Robbie Keane celebration and claims it was a 'tribute'
We're not sure Robbie Keane would consider this a tribute.
Real Salt Lake's Kyle Beckerman scored in his side's 6-2 victory over LA Galaxy last night and pulled out the finger guns, a tumble and more finger guns, a celebration made famous by Ireland's record goalscorer.
The US international performed it right in front of the Galaxy’s Angel City Brigade supporter section.
Robbie Keane netted seven times against Real Salt Lake during his stint in the states and Beckerman would have witnessed most of his celebrations but denied that his action were premeditated and claimed he was saluting his former foe.
“No, I kinda blacked out,” said Beckerman. “I’ve got so much respect for that guy and he’s done that to us plenty of times. That was just a tribute to him.”
Head coach Mike Petke, who retired before playing against Robbie Keane in MLS but did coach against him, said he was too busy discussing strategy with his staff to see the celebration. Though he wasn't exactly shocked to hear about it.
“Did he really?” Said Petke, “Kyle’s a very spontaneous guy, he’s an experienced guy and a passionate guy. It doesn’t surprise me that he did something like that.”
The Galaxy are struggling without the Tallaght native and are outside the playoff positions of the Western Conference on the MLS after just six wins in 18 games.