Robbie Keane on Ireland, LA and his career

Galaxy captain Robbie Keane.  (Photo by Brittany Murray / Daily Breeze)

Galaxy captain Robbie Keane. (Photo by Brittany Murray / Daily Breeze)

 

As Robbie Keane leads the team into the playoffs, I wrote about the Galaxy’s captain’s life in L.A. and just how a kid from Dublin becomes the king of the Galaxy.

An excerpt:

Even now each goal, each assist feels just as sweet as it did when Keane was a 17-year-old making his professional debut.

“I think that (feeling) is why things have gone well for me here,” Keane said. “That’s why I continue to want to score goals, wanting to do well for the team, wanting to get assists. If I continue to keep doing that, I can play here for a long time, there’s no question about that.”

 

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Sporting Kansas City, Decision Day drop Galaxy to fifth seed

Robbie Keane's goal in the 37th minute was enough for the Galaxy to clinch a playoff berth against Seattle on Sunday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Robbie Keane’s goal in the 37th minute was enough for the Galaxy to clinch a playoff berth against Seattle on Oct. 4. The Galaxy face Seattle again this week in the first round of the playoffs.
(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

In 90 crazy, exciting and dramatic minutes across the league, the LA Galaxy went from second in the West to fourth, to third, to fifth, and when the dust settled on Decision Day, the Galaxy limped out of the fray with a 2-1 loss to Sporting Kansas City and a knockout round game at Seattle waiting for them this week.

A 2-0 win for Vancouver over Houston locked up the second seed for the Whitecaps, and the Timbers also jumped the Galaxy with a 4-1 win over Colorado at home to clinch the third seed.

The Sounders won 3-1 over Real Salt Lake to set up the knockout round matchup with L.A. Sporting Kansas City held on for the sixth seed.

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Galaxy give up late equalizer in CONCACAF Champions League game, settle for tie

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Alan Gordon, pictured against Portland, scored the Galaxy’s only goal in the team’s 1-1 CONCACAF Champions League match against Comunicaciones on Wednesday.

With seconds separating them from the No. 1 seed in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal, the Galaxy gave up the equalizing goal to Guatemala’s CSD Comunicaciones on Wednesday night, dropping the defending MLS champions from the first seed to the fifth in next year’s quarterfinals.

Rolando Blackburn tapped in the equalizer in the 93rd minute after Agustin Herrera beat both Todd Dunivant and Baggio Husidic on the right side. It was the third straight game in which the Galaxy conceded a goal in the 90th minute or later.

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Morning after: Finding the Galaxy’s spot in the Western Conference playoff picture

Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP Photo

Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP Photo

The L.A. Galaxy’s once-impenetrable home fortress fell on Sunday, crashing in a 5-2 loss to Portland.

It was just the second time this season the Galaxy have lost at home, with the first one coming to Vancouver in April, and the most goals conceded by the Galaxy at StubHub Center in an MLS game since Sept. 12, 2009 when they gave up six in a loss to FC Dallas.

More stunning than the loss itself was how it came. There were five second-half goals conceded by the Galaxy, all of them within the final 25 minutes of the game. After scoring in the 36th minute, the Galaxy didn’t get another shot for a whole 30 minutes until Sebastian Lletget nodded one on frame in the 66th minute.

And all this in a game that the Galaxy wanted desperately for playoff seeding.

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LA Galaxy game day: Fight for playoff seeding in full force

Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff photographer

Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff photographer

The Galaxy control their own destiny when it comes to clinching a first-round bye in the MLS Playoffs. If they win at least one of their final two games, then they will avoid a knockout round. But after that, getting that second seed in the Western Conference gets complicated.

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Galaxy feeling fit for final two games of regular season

Galaxy's Giovani dos Santos gets the ball past Sounders' keeper Stefan Frei (24) for a goal in a MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center Sunday, August 09, 2015, Carson, CA.. The Galaxy won 3-1 and was the debut MLS game for Mexican star player Giovani dos Santos.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle SoundersPhoto by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

After picking up an injury against Seattle on Oct. 4, Giovani dos Santos said he is feeling healthy for the Galaxy’s final two games of the season. Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

After a slew of injuries this season, the Galaxy are getting healthy at the right time.

Head coach Bruce Arena said Friday “this is as close to us getting healthy as it’s been the whole year,” with Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard echoing that sentiment.

Arena was coy about specifics concerning Giovani dos Santos (groin), Robbie Rogers (hip) and Baggio Husidic (hamstring), saying simply “we haven’t ruled anyone out” due to injury.

Dos Santos, who missed last week’s epic CONCACAF clash due to a groin injury, said Friday he felt fit after training for the past three days. He said it is the same injury that hampered him at the Gold Cup this summer. Initially, dos Santos was expected to miss two to three weeks with the injury.

The 26-year-old said he feels fit enough to go 90 minutes in Sunday’s game against Portland.

With the playoffs around the corner, dos Santos said it is also important to ensure his health for the stretch run of the season.

“If I don’t feel healthy enough I don’t want to put myself in a bad position,” dos Santos said. “I am smart with that, if I feel something tomorrow or during the game, I won’t risk my body.”

A snippet of shooting practice at training

Speaking of dos Santos, he was at the grand opening of a Nike store in East L.A. on Thursday and showed off some of his skills.

Giovani dos Santos at the opening of a new Nike store in East L.A. Photo courtesy Nike

Giovani dos Santos at the opening of a new Nike store in East L.A. Photo courtesy Nike

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Recapping Mexico’s thrilling CONCACAF Cup win

Photo by Will Lester // Daily Bulletin

Photo by Will Lester // Daily Bulletin

When Bobby Wood snuck behind the Mexican defense and slotted the equalizing goal against Mexico into the back of the net in the 108th minute on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl, the United States men’s national team was thinking penalty kicks to decide the winner of the CONCACAF Cup.

Paul Aguilar changed that.

The Mexican defender one-touched a volley home in the 118th minute against the United States to give Mexico a thrilling 3-2 win and the right to represent CONCACAF in the Confederations Cup in 2017 in Russia.

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