Robbie Keane's form following offseason surgery has been just fine so far. In The Los Angeles Galaxy's 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake on Saturday, Keane scored the only goal and led the team in Match Impact Rating.
Keane's goal came on the only one of his four shots to hit the target. Keane did also draw two fouls and committed none in the draw to turn up a MIR of 56.8. So far across competitions in 2014, Keane has four points (three goals, one assist) and a MIR of 50.6. The Galaxy captain is also the reigning champion in MLS MIR with a 54.5, which just edged RSL's Javier Morales who had a 54 last season.
Juninho assisted on Keane's goal with a great hustle play and a sliding pass to set up Keane's rush at the goal. Juninho also took one shot and drew two fouls during the match to turn in a MIR of 50. None of the other midfielders even turned in a MIR of 30.
Rob Friend continues to create opportunities for the Galaxy with his ability to draw fouls. The big target forward was fouled four times in the match while only committing one foul. Friend also attempted one shot and had a MIR of 39.8. Friend has suffered nine fouls in just 148 minutes across competitions (a rate of 5.5 fouls drawn per 90 minutes) and that rate compares very favorably with MLS' current leader in the category, Osvaldo Alonso (13 fouls suffered in three matches) or San Jose's Steven Lenhart who has drawn an average of six fouls in his first two MLS matches this season.