Robbie Keane had the LA Galaxy ahead of the Vancouver Whitecaps in BC Place late in the match on Saturday before the familiar foe showed up yet again: the goal allowed in the final 15 minutes that ruins everything. Kekuta Manneh's stunner from outside the penalty area in the 86th minute notched the match at two goals apiece and that's how the match ended.
Keane led the Galaxy in Match Impact Rating with a 66 for a solid performance with a goal, five shots (three on target), two fouls committed and three drawn in 90 minutes. Keane barely edged Stefan Ishizaki who turned in a 62.8 in 72 minutes of action. Foreign Wide Midfielder's strong play of late continued with a goal on his only attempt of the match (a powerful header to conclude a great team build-up), he also committed one foul. Ishi has a three match point streak (two goals, assist) going and has turned in a MIR of at least 45 in his past three appearances.
On both Galaxy goals, it was a team effort rather than individual brilliance which made for the result. On Keane's goal, a backpass outside the area to Omar Gonzalez allowed him to swing a ball into the area finding second half sub Rob Friend, who headed the ball down into Keane's path. Keane made no mistake with his finish. Friend did not play long enough to generate an accurate MIR. Gonzalez finished with a MIR of 30.
Here's a look at the Keane goal:
On Ishi's goal, it seemed like more than half the side was involved in the build-up, but it was Dan Gargan's long pass which found Baggio Husidic in the area. Husidic then made a great play to send a header from the endline back to the middle of the area where a wide open Ishizaki could score. Gargan also took a shot and suffered a foul for a MIR of 40, his second highest MIR of the season. Husidic took two shots in his 72 minutes of action and committed a foul which drew a yellow card for a MIR of 36.7.
Here's a look at the Ishizaki goal: