Penalty miss for Keane as his Galaxy drought goes on

Aidan Fitzmaurice

LA GALAXY coach Bruce Arena refused to blame Robbie Keane for a penalty miss which denied his side an MLS win over FC Dallas over the weekend.

Keane assumed penalty-taking duties from Landon Donovan but missed his kick and Dallas held on for a 1-1 draw. "I don't know the detailed discussion Robbie (Keane) and Landon (Donovan) had," said Arena after the game.

"Robbie wanted to take the kick and Landon said 'fine'.

"Now I'll be honest with you, if any team has the choice between Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan or (David) Beckham taking penalty kicks, you're real happy.

"The easiest thing to do in the aftermath is be critical and say 'missed a kick.' There aren't any better players in the world to take penalties than Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan. We missed it tonight."

Donovan also excused Keane from a personal liability for missing the kick, as Keane's goal drought with Galaxy carried on.

"He did everything right. He just miss-hit it a little bit. The guy has taken many penalties and has made many penalties. I am sure the next time he takes one it will go in.

"It's been a while since those guys have hit the net and we are trying to get them more chances.

"We are not doing a good enough job getting them chances in front of the goal so I thought I would help a little bit," said Donovan.