The LA Galaxy's Robbie Keane dribbles toward the Cartagines goal in a CONCACAF Champions League game on August 20, 2013, at StubHub Center in Carson, California. (Photo: German Alegria)
CARSON, California – Robbie Keane scored two goals and the LA Galaxy defeated Cartagines 2-0 on Tuesday in a CONCACAF Champions League game at StubHub Center. The Group 8 result left both teams in a tie for first-place with three points each, but the Costa Rican visitors have played one more game.
It was the current MLS champion’s 10th win in 19 all-time games in the competition.
Keane netted his first goal in the 66th minute. Landon Donovan passed out of midfield to the Ireland international, who took a five-yard shot near the left post. Goalkeeper Wardy Alfaro dived to stop the attempt, but the ball deflected off his left forearm and rolled slowly behind him into the net to make it 1-0.
In second-half stoppage time, Keane and Donovan combined to net an insurance tally. Donovan, the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup’s Golden Ball winner, released the 33-year-old forward down the middle on a solo run at the Cartagines net that he easily converted from 12 yards.
Keane also had two chances to score shortly before the break. In the 41st minute, he chested a Michael Stephens chip, balanced the ball on his right foot, pivoted and fired a right-footed effort from seven yards over the crossbar.
Then, in the 45th minute, the former Tottenham star received a feed from Jose Villareal and tried a right-footed shot from seven-yards that Alfaro blocked with his right forearm in front of the right post.
The Galaxy’s Robbie Rogers was removed from the game in the 37th minute, appearing to have injured his left hamstring after contending for possession with Cartagines' Neto De Oliveira.
For LA, the victory was its third in four Champions League openers.