Robbie Keane scored in the 21st minute of his dynamic MLS debut, leading the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 2-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night in Carson, Calif.
The Irish national team striker showed off his trademark cartwheel-somersault goal celebration to fans on a new continent after he converted a pass from David Beckham. Keane was active and aggressive in his debut while playing into the 72nd minute.
Los Angeles acquired the player on Monday from Tottenham Hotspur, putting the 10th-leading goal-scorer in Premier League history alongside Beckham and captain Landon Donovan. Keane appeared to fit in immediately, generating several good scoring chances in addition to his goal.
Mike Magee also scored in the 90th minute for the league-leading Galaxy (14-3-9), which moved six points clear of second-place Seattle in the Western Conference standings with its fifth win in six games. Los Angeles has lost only once since May 1.
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San Jose defender Steven Beitashour was ejected in the 81st minute for stepping on Donovan in the latest bad behavior in this California Clasico rivalry match.
Keane had two decent runs at the goal in the first 15 minutes, but was called offside on both. He then barely missed an open shot from the penalty dot in the 19th minute, pushing a left-footed shot wide on a deflection from Cristman.
Moments later, Keane found himself alone behind San Jose’s defense, which failed to clear a through ball from Beckham. Keane waited out Quakes goalie Jon Busch, fired home a left-footed shot and broke into a slightly rusty rendition of his goal celebration, capped by his two-handed gesture at his newest fans.
Keane nearly added another goal in the 64th minute when he outran two defenders to a bouncing pass, but his volleyed shot sailed just over the crossbar.
Magee eventually replaced Keane, who left the field to a standing ovation from the crowd of 27,000.
At Timbers 2, Whitecaps 1: Jorge Perlaza had a goal and an assist, and Portland beat Cascadia Cup rival Vancouver in the first match between the MLS expansion teams. The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for the Timbers (8-12-5), who are holding onto playoff hopes. The Whitecaps (3-13-9), in the basement of the Western Conference standings, have lost three of their last four.
At Crew 2, Union 1: Andres Mendoza converted a penalty kick in the 51st minute, and Columbus defeated Philadelphia to increase its lead to five points ahead of Houston in the Eastern Conference.
Red Bulls 2, at Revolution 2: Milton Caraglio scored in the 15th and 37th minutes to give New England a 2-0 lead at halftime, but midfielder Dane Richards answered in the 53rd and 87th to get New York the road point.
At Dynamo 3, Real Salt Lake 2: Alex Dixon scored his first career goal in stoppage time, and Houston extended its unbeaten streak to five matches and moved from fourth to second place in the East.
Chivas USA 2, at Rapids 2: Reserve Laurent Courtois scored his first goal of the year in the 86th minute to give Chivas its tie with Colorado.