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Thursday 19 April 2018

Robbie Keane finds the net for the LA Galaxy in the first game of the post-Beckham era

Cormac Byrne

By Cormac Byrne

Robbie Keane picked up where he left off last season with the LA Galaxy by finding the net in his side’s 4-0 win over the Chicago Fire last night.

Keane, who has picked up the captain’s armband for the season and the mantle of the Galaxy’s most influential player since David Beckham’s departure, scored the final goal of the game as the Galaxy opened their MLS title defence in style.

Keane’s strike partner Mike Magee scored a hat-trick for the Galaxy volleying home a deflected cross in the 38th minute, scoring from Robbie Keane's assist in the 68th, and knocking in a rebound in the 74th.

Magee heaped praise on Keane after the game saying: “He’s a different class. All three of my goals somehow, somewhere started with him. Not that Robbie needed any more goals, but I was happy to see him get one.”

Magee mimicked Keane’s trademark cartwheel after one of his goals and Keane was suitably amused when asked about it.

“It was terrible, he obviously seen the real one,” Keane said referring to his own goal celebration.

The fact that Keane has made a bright start to his MLS campaign will certainly be a source of encouragement for Giovanni Trapattoni with this month’s crucial World Cup qualifiers with Sweden and Austria fast approaching.

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