Galaxy-San Jose Earthquakes Post-game

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i-268a9496c0db3230086ac8c9d9d62c57-keanefiring.jpgSixgun Keane: Robbie Keane came out firing on all cylinders with the opening goal on his MLS debut Saturday in the Galaxy’s win over the Earthquakes (AP Photos).

Staff Writer Phil Collin has the game story.

If you haven’t seen Robbie Keane’s goal yet, be sure and check it out below.

It was, frankly, a thing of minimalist beauty its success hinging as much on what Keane didn’t do as did do. Patience and timing did justice to an exquisitely delivered Beckham long ball and paid dividends.

“It’s great to have a player who knows when to run and can get on the end of a ball when you play it,” Beckham said.

“He made it look easy,” said Landon Donovan. “It was not an easy goal. He made (goalkeeper) Jon Busch look foolish.

“His quality is pretty evident,” Donovan added. “And on a night we play better he’s going to get a lot more chances.”

i-9c6944f4905e886f1013cf9f6075ffaa-greenwithenvy.jpgGreen with envy: Fans celebrate the arrival of Irishman Robbie Keane, mean green goal scoring machine.

The result was pretty harsh on San Jose, which didn’t look like a team on a club-record dozen game winless streak. They looked better going forward than the Galaxy much of the night, but lacked the finishing touch.

Josh Saunders played a critical role in preserving the shutout with five saves; Busch didn’t make any (which was part of San Jose’s problem).

We’ll give the last word of the night to Mike Magee who went from preventing San Jose from scoring – he was in goal the last time these two teams met – to scoring with his 90th minute goal in this game:

“We had actually texted earlier today,” he said of Landon Donovan who he celebrated the goal with after receiving the “peach” of a Sean Franklin pass. “We were just joking around and I told him I’d meet him at the corner flag (for a goal celebration) in the 80th minute. He came over (after Magee’s goal) and said I was nine minutes late.”

Ba boom.


Next up for the Galaxy (the only MLS team who remain unbeaten at home): LD Alajuelense Thursday in the second group game of the CONCACAF Champions League at Home Depot Center, then it’s off to a sold-out Red Bull Arena for a Sunday contest against New York.

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  • studs down

    Great beginning , nervy middle and fun ending. A bit distressing to see Keane spend a lot of time in the center circle gesturing in the second half. But he can be excused after that wonderful goal. Beckham was outstanding except on one give away deep in corner in the first half. Frankie did not disappoint,

    Can’t wait for the CCL game Thursday. Bruce has got some tough managing to do with the short rest after that for the sell-out game in NJ on Sunday. Will he start both Beckham and Keane on Thursday?

  • Inigo Montoya

    At the half-way point back in June I said it would take 61 points to win the Supporters Shield, and it looks like that number is holding up. The G’s are 6 points clear at 51 with eight games left to play in the regular season.

    Since MLS started allowing ties, only one team has ever gotten above 59: San Jose’s 64 back in 2005. That number is within reach for the Galaxy: 10 points in 8 games and they’d be untouchable.

    The highest ever was 68 for the G’s back in ’98 when everything was win or lose. This year, getting 17 more points would be tough. It would take a 5-1-2 finish or something like that, which is probably too much to hope for, even with Keane.