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Robbie Keane fires a hat-trick for the Galaxy ahead of Wembley clash

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Los Angeles Galaxy's Robbie Keane celebrates scoring a goal against the Seattle Sounders last night

Los Angeles Galaxy's Robbie Keane celebrates scoring a goal against the Seattle Sounders last night

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Los Angeles Galaxy's Robbie Keane celebrates scoring a goal against the Seattle Sounders last night

Ireland's record goalscorer Robbie Keane warmed up for our friendly with England at Wembley by scoring three for the LA Galaxy.

Robbie proved the match-winner for the Galaxy against the Seattle Sounders last night, with the Irish international Robbie Keane notching his first hat trick in front of his home fans since his move from Spurs.

His opening goal came in the 24th minute after Sean Franklin had already put the Galaxy in front.

The Tallaght native completed his hat-trick before half-time with two successful penalties.

“It’s obviously always nice to score. One, two, three or four, it really doesn’t matter," Keane said after the game.

"As a striker, ultimately, you are judged on scoring goals, so of course it’s great to score the hat trick but the most important thing is getting the three points and bouncing back after the defeat last week against Red Bulls, which we certainly didn’t deserve to lose.”

It was a big game for another Robbie as barely 24 hours after signing for the Galaxy to end his hiatus from the game after coming out, Robbie Rogers became American professional sport's first openly gay active player when he stepped off the bench - to a standing ovation from the home fans - to replace Juninho in the 77th minute.

On Rogers debut, Keane said: “He got a great reception from the fans.

"I’m sure he’s delighted to get that off his back now and now maybe, after this press conference, he can concentrate on just being totally part of the team and being a Galaxy player and none of this nonsense that comes along with it.

"So I’m sure after this it will be all over and he can just concentrate now on being a Galaxy player.”

Keane will meet up with the Irish squad in London later today.

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