Irish player and captain Robbie Keane of the LA Galaxy was not happy with the performance against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday. The Galaxy had control of the game and the lead twice against the Whitecaps, but the game ended in a 2-2 tie.
As reported by the Galaxy official webpage on Saturday, Keane asserted that the draw against Vancouver felt like a loss. Keane had also scored his fourth goal in four games on Saturday afternoon in Vancouver.
“It feels like a loss to be honest with you,” Keane told the press after the draw. He added, “I don’t see it as a draw; I see it as a loss.”
During the game LA Galaxy dominated and had plenty of chances to seal the deal. However, a huge defensive mistake between Panamanian goalkeeper Jaime Penedo and Brazilian defender Leonardo lead to the Vancouver’s first goal, which may have thrown off the Angeleno team.
Robbie Keane expressed his feelings by stating that the Galaxy is giving up too many goals. He clearly stated that the Galaxy has to stop doing such especially as visitors.
Keane went on to say that it feels like the Galaxy has to score a lot of goals in order to win. He concluded by saying that it should not be that way for LA.
“It’s disappointing,” stated Keane. “You can’t go up twice away from home and concede goals like that. The first goal was very, very sloppy. We had the momentum for most of the game; we kept the ball and kept it moving. We did well with both of our goals, but it feels like we have to score way more goals than everyone else, but that shouldn’t be the case. We should be able to see games out.”
On Saturday, the Galaxy took the lead with a goal by midfielder Stefan Ishisaki in the 38 minute of the match. The Galaxy held on to the victory until break time.
In the 67th minute, goalkeeper Penedo and Leonardo had a huge communication problem and collided against each other, as the ball bounced off Penedo and stayed alive. The ball was kicked into the net by Vancouver’s forward Darren Mattocks who was following the play. Galaxy defenders tried to run to the rescue but it was too late.
Keane added the lead in the 77th minute, but it only took the Whitecaps nine minutes to tie the game again. The second goal for the Vancouver Whitecaps was made by forward Kekuta Manneh.
In the end, Robbie Keane made his point to the press that the LA Galaxy has to stop giving up goals late in the game. He added that the issue was a huge problem last year and that it needs to stop.