August 2011: Robbie Keane strikes in MLS debut

For all of hype surrounding Ireland international striker Robbie Keane joining the LA Galaxy, the former Tottenham Hotspur star lived up to the excitement, anticipation and expectations by scoring in his debut with the Major League Soccer club on Saturday.

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Robbie Keane #14 of the Los Angeles Galaxy warms up before his debut game against the San Jose Earthquakes in in Carson, California. (Photo: Getty Images)


In fact, it took Keane all of 21 minutes to find the back of the net in a 2-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California on Saturday. After receiving a warm welcome from the Galaxy fans, Keane paid them right back. David Beckham played the ball Keane, who took two touches, put the ball across his body and into the net. He celebrated with a cartwheel and a flip.

“He’s a terrific player," Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. "He has a great soccer mind. He’s creative in and around the penalty area. And, he can score goals.”

Keane was happy to score in his debut. “I think anytime you are with a new team it’s always nice to get your first goal," he said. "Hopefully there is a lot more to come. When you play with good players, it’s always easy. I think you’ve seen that with my goal with David’s quick thinking and I was ready for it. We tried that one on a few occasions and we were lucky enough that it worked for the goal. When you play with players like David and Landon [Donovan], they are easy to play with.”

The Earthquakes played the final nine minutes a man down after Steven Beitashour was red-carded when after a colliding with Donovan. Donovan exacted some revenge by helping the Galaxy on its insurance goal by Mike Magee in the 90th minute for the Western Conference leaders.

Keane became the Galaxy's third designated player, joining Beckham and Donovan. To make room for Keane, the Galaxy was forced to move another DP, slumping 35-year-old striker Juan Pablo Angel (three goals), dealing the former Colombian international striker to its rival, Chivas USA for a third-round natural 2012 supplemental draft choice. Angel merely traded locker rooms because both teams call The Home Depot home. In his Chivas debut, Angel did not disappoint, scoring the first goal for Chivas in a 2-2 draw at the Colorado Rapids. Laurent Courtois, who joined the team recently, also scored. Caleb Folan and Jeff Larentowicz tallied for the Rapids, which had its three-game winning streak snapped.

Red Bulls New York winless streak continues

The New York Red Bulls and host New England Revolution traded braces in their 2-2 draw. Argentine Milton Caraglio scored both of his goals in the first half, while Jamaican international Dane Richards tallied his in the second half, including the equalizer in the 87th minute.

 

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Milton Caraglio #9 of the New England Revolution scores by Bouna Coundoul #18 of the New York Red Bulls and Chris Albright #3 of the New York Red Bulls. (Photo: Getty Images)


Former French international Thierry Henry, who had aggravated an Achilles injury, did not play. The struggling Red Bulls extended their winless streak to seven games (3 losses and 4 draws) with the Galaxy taking on the club at Red Bull Arena next Sunday.

The Chicago Fire ended a 10-game winless streak, moving out of the Eastern Conference basement with a 2-0 win over Toronto FC, which fell into last place. Dominic Oduro and ex-Toronto defender Dan Gargan scored for the Fire. On Thursday, the Fire set an MLS record for most ties (15) in a season in a 1-1 home draw with D.C. United. Josh Wolff equalized against his former team after Sebastian Grazzini scored.

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Patrick Nyarko #14 of the Chicago Fire shoots the ball between the legs of Torsten Frings #22 of Toronto FC. The Fire defeated Toronto FC 2-0. (Photo: Getty Images)

Crew extends lead as KC moves up in the East

The Columbus Crew opened up a six-point lead in the Eastern Conference behind a 2-1 triumph over the Philadelphia Union. Andres Mendoza converted a penalty kick to break a 1-1 tie. Emilio Renteria had given the Crew a 1-0 lead before Veljko Paunovic equalized.

Sporting Kansas City took over second place in the Eastern Conference with a 1-0 home win over D.C. United Sunday. Kei Kamara scored the lone goal of the match. On Wednesday, Graham Zusi struck twice in the opening half to boost KC to a 3-1 win over the Portland Timbers. Soony Saad also tallied for the winners. Bright Dike scored for Portland. The game was held up for several minutes after Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen was hit by the head of an Omar Bravo bobble head doll. Bravo, a former Mexican international, did not play due to a red card.

Seattle gets past Dallas to keep pace with LA

Mauro Rosales scored in the 15th minute as the visiting Seattle Sounders FC made sure that goal held up en route to a 1-0 win over FC Dallas to move past the hosts in the Western Conference. The Sounders played the final 34 minutes a man down after Daniel Cruz earned his second yellow card. Seattle goalkeeper Kasey Keller made a big save in stoppage time on Bruno Guarda to preserve the shutout win and remain six points behind the Galaxy.

Alex Dixon scored in stoppage time to lift the Houston Dynamo to a 3-2 comeback victory over Real Salt Lake. Brad Davis created two goals for Houston, which also had tallies from former U.S. international Brian Ching and Bobby Boswell. Fabian Espindola scored one goal and set up Luis Gil for a goal. It turned out to be the second goal in four days for Boswell. He atoned for an earlier mistake to put in the equalizer in the 90th minute to give the Dynamo a 1-1 draw at New England on Wednesday. Boswell botched a clearance, which led to former Houston defender Ryan Cochrane's first goal with the Revolution in the fourth minute.Jorge Perlaza scored one goal and set up Diego Chara's goal in the Portland Timbers' 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps FC in a battle of expansion teams. Camilo Sanvezzo tallied for Vancouver.