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Robbie Keane’s hat trick leads LA Galaxy to big win

Aug 18, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

Robbie Keane

Robbie Keane is pressing his case for league MVP, finding his top gear at just about the same point as last year, when the Ireland international shepherded his team into the playoffs from well back in the field.

Keane scored three times Saturday as the Galaxy rallied from a goal behind crush visiting Real Salt Lake at the StubHubCenter, 4-2.  One of RSL’s goals came at the final whistle, surely a bummer for the home side, which conceded yet another set piece goal.

Still, the night will be remembered what Keane accomplished, especially as it came against the current Western Conference leaders. It was his second hat trick this year and, unusually, the second in consecutive matches for the Galaxy. Landon Donovan did the hat trick thing last week against FC Dallas.

Omar Gonzalez had the Galaxy’s other goal Saturday, a significant happening coming just three nights after signing a whopper three-year deal that makes him the Galaxy’s third and final Designated Player.

Keane has 10 goals and 9, which means he has contributed to more goals than any MLS player this year.

  1. hildezero - Aug 18, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Hats off to Keano!

  2. drewvt6 - Aug 18, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Imagine how many more assists the guy would have if he still had Mike Magee rather than Gyassi Zardes (which I’m told means ‘one who blasts objects skyward’ in a rare African dialect) to work with.

  3. hildezero - Aug 18, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    Magee is better than Zardes, but I heard he’s a pretty good player.

  4. takethelongview - Aug 18, 2013 at 3:25 AM

    Kudos to Keane! Acclaim for Agudelo! Huzzahs for Higuain!

    But, Ladies and Gentleman, let us not overlook the heroic efforts of our very own Sultan of Scribe, Steve Davis, who has single-handedly brought us the most comprehensive level of MLS coverage seen in these parts for a very long time. Our paltry little league may not merit three posts per game–seriously, Joe Prince-Wright, even in our hype-infested age, is it really necessary to have a separate post about line-ups? Can’t that just be part of post-game analysis, after we see how it all plays out?–but we at least have one wordsmith dedicated to our cause and one who can watch a game and discern angles of storytelling that del e beyond merely recounting the match.

    Steve, I would suggest today’s heroics should earn you a three-day sleep, but I fear there’s one more game tomorrow, a handful of CCL matches plus two more MLS league matches mid-week. So you’d probably bed skip the nap and plunge into the research because we MLS devotees will want to hear all about it.

    Oh, and I hear there’s another MLS match on Friday, too. But that one will be televised by NBCSN, so I am pretty sure it will get heavily promoted on this site. Right? Right?

    Anyway, thank you Steve, even if you are a one-man MLS band on Saturdays.

    • kingarthur900 - Aug 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM

      Amen, Brother! I was looking for a post to write the same sort of comment. I was wondering if ProSoccerTalk should just go ahead and rename itself EPLFanboyTalk. Keep on fighting the good fight, Steve!!!

  5. bizzmeister - Aug 18, 2013 at 4:16 AM

    Was at the game, it was amazing watching LA pound RSL. Sitting front row was excellent behind the managers, liked it better than the field level seats I had when they pounded Seattle with 4. Lmao, highlight of the night for us, Robbie Finley finishing up his warmups before he goes on, I yell out ” ROBBIE! ( looks at us like what’s up ) come here with my arms out in the air, dude is like standing 4-5 ft away, his face quickly changed to a WTF I ain’t comin over there face! It was too funny. Just wanted to ask the guy why he left Forest and came back lmao.

  6. hildezero - Aug 18, 2013 at 4:43 AM

    Lol. That was ackward.

  7. jpan007 - Aug 18, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Great game for neutrals. Keane was a beast.

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