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'Tired' Keane sets up Galaxy winner

ROBBIE Keane played a pivotal role in the goal that handed LA Galaxy their first MLS title in six years, which ended a week to remember for the Tallaght native.

Keane combined with David Beckham to set up Landon Donovan for the decisive goal in a 1-0 victory over the Houston Dynamos in front of a sell-out crowd of 30,281 inside a rainy Home Depot Center.

While Beckham has had to wait five years for his first title with the side, it took only a matter of months for Keane to achieve the feat after his summer move from Tottenham.

The Republic of Ireland captain admitted the fatigue had got to him in the closing stages after a busy fortnight in which he returned to Europe to help Ireland qualify for Euro 2012 with a two-legged play-off triumph over Estonia.

"It was a tiring week, to be honest," he said. "I was a bit tired tonight.

"The travelling got to me a little bit towards the end. Six games in two weeks -- it's a bit tough, but we won and that's the main thing."

Keane had a goal disallowed before having a hand in Donovan's winner.

"I wasn't quite sure whether I was offside for my goal and I had another shot and should have hit the target, but I set Landon up for the goal that won the championship and that's the most important thing," he added.

Keane said he hopes Beckham stays with the Galaxy, despite a return to Europe looking increasingly likely for the former England captain.

"I've loved playing with David Beckham and hopefully we will continue to play together," Keane said. "I've played against David over the years and I got a taste of how good he is when he trained with Spurs last winter. But it has been a pleasure to play with him for the Galaxy."

The win handed 36-year-old Beckham his first title in the United States, which was the side's first since 2005.

Beckham's future is up in the air, with his five-year contract due to expire next month, but he insisted that had not affected him in the build-up to the game.

"Not at all," he said. "I play the game to win. Whether I stay or not, I've had an amazing five years.

"I've loved it here. The fans have been unbelievable, the owners, the players ... every one of them are heroes tonight."


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