Robbie Keane has most impact in win vs. Columbus Crew

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LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane notched a pair of late penalty kick goals to lift LA past the Columbus Crew on July 4 at the StubHub Center. Keane led the Galaxy in Match Impact Rating as a result of his play.

The LA Galaxy were looking another defeat in the face after giving up a goal after the 75th minute of a match. Then, fate or the referee (depending on your preferred narrative) stepped in and allowed Galaxy captain Robbie Keane two opportunities from the penalty spot to decide the match. Keane picked the same spot in the 85th minute and in stoppage time and beat Columbus Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum both times to give LA a 2-1 victory.

In addition to the goals, Keane took seven shots (three on target) and drew three fouls while committing two. The first two fouls Keane suffered were in the midfield area, but the crucial third foul he drew was in the penalty area which set up the game-winning PK. Keane finished the match with a Match Impact Rating of 91. Keane's statement about the final penalty call being correct drew a ton of response in the comment section at MLS Soccer.com. Do you believe Keane when he talks about the contact on the play? It might be good to remember the saying: "Never believe a striker."

The Galaxy were missing and wasting chances all night and that fact kept down other players' MIRs. Robbie Rogers finished second in MIR for the Galaxy with a 23.1. Rogers took one shot and drew two fouls in his 78 minutes of action. Rogers was also overlooked for a solid scoring opportunity by young forward Gyasi Zardes who keeps shooting at any opportunity. Zardes turned in a MIR of 20.5 for drawing two fouls and getting only one of his six attempts on target. Juninho was right behind Zardes with a MIR of 20. The Brazilian midfielder drew and committed two fouls and took two shots (one on target, one slid just wide of net).

Sure, the Galaxy were lucky to have pulled any points from a match that looked like it had slipped away. Nevertheless, it was one match down and three points in the standings without Landon Donovan. Donovan is suiting up for the U.S. Men's National Team in the Gold Cup and will miss at least a month of the MLS season.

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