Robbie Keane scored once and went 90 minutes as Ireland closed out World Cup qualifying with a 3-1 victory over Kazakhstan in Dublin on Tuesday.
The LA Galaxy captain nodded a penalty kick in the 17th minute to equalize after the Kazakhs had taken an early lead. From there, it was all Ireland as John O’Shea found the back of the net in the 26th minute before Kevin Doyle set up a Dmitri Shomko own goal give the Irish a 3-1 win.
With Germany defeating Sweden 5-3 and Austria blowing past the Faroe Islands 3-0, Ireland finished in fourth place in Group C.
The Montreal Impact will travel to StubHub Center on Wednesday without four regulars from their starting XI.
Montreal captain Davy Arnaud and starting center back Matteo Ferrari are suspended for the match due to yellow card accumulation after picking up cautions in the Impact’s 1-0 defeat to the New England Revolution last week. Also missing will be starting right back Jeb Brovsky, who remains out with a broken toe. Those won’t be the only absences, however, as defender Alessandro Nesta reportedly will not travel to California according to reports.
Wednesday’s match is vitally important for the Impact as they sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference and can clinch a postseason berth through a series of results this week.
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LAGalaxy.com videographer Paolo Ferrari spoke to Omar Gonzalez, Todd Dunivant, and Sean Franklin ahead Wednesday's match between the LA Galaxy and the Montreal Impact.
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CARSON, Calif. – Omar Gonzalez is optimistic about his status for this Wednesday’s match against the Montreal Impact, but whether he suits up for the LA Galaxy remains up in the air.
Gonzalez was unable to travel on international duty after suffering a left hip strain during the first half of LA’s 5-0 victory over Chivas USA on Oct. 6. Although the injury flared up against Chivas, Gonzalez told reporters on Monday that he has dealt with the strain since the Galaxy’s 2012 MLS Cup victory nearly a year ago.
Although he was disappointed about not suiting up for the United States, Gonzalez is optimistic that he’ll be able to be ready for Wednesday’s match against Montreal.
“I think that I might be ready for Wednesday, but let’s see what my body says,” said Gonzalez, who turned 25 on Saturday. “We’ll talk with the coaches and physios and see what they think.
“If it’s possible, I’d like to play in both games [this week],” Gonzalez later added. “I want to be in every game that I’m available for. If I can play in Wednesday’s game then I want to play, but if not then we have to reassess and see if I can go for Sunday.”
Gonzalez may be optimistic about his status, but LA head coach Bruce Arena stated on Monday that there has been no decision made about the defender or Landon Donovan, who returned from international duty due to an ankle injury on Sunday.
“We haven’t finalized anything yet,” Arena told reporters. “We’re hopeful that they’ll play on Wednesday.”
With the Galaxy on the brink of playoff qualification, Gonzalez is hopeful that he’ll be able to suit up in one of LA’s matches this week.
“This week is very important for us and, it’s important for every team in the league right now,” said Gonzalez. “This is what it comes down to. It’s the fun part of the season and we just have to make it happen."
CARSON, Calif. – After missing the LA Galaxy’s 5-0 victory over Chivas USA two weeks ago with a right adductor strain, Juninho believes that he’s fit and ready for Wednesday’s clash with the Montreal Impact.
Following training, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters that the team has not yet “made any decisions their lineup” but noted that Brazilian had been training with the squad as of late. Juninho himself stated that he was “not 100 percent yet,” but felt optimistic about his status for Wednesday.
“I’m feeling much better. Today is my third day training with the guys. It’s very important to me and I’m looking forward to getting back to the field,” said Juninho. “I’m ready and I expect a rude game because we need three points. We’ll be without a couple of guys so the young players need to step up and prove themselves.”
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This week is a vital one for the LA Galaxy as the team can book a ticket in the 2013 MLS Cup postseason through a series of results in their two matches this week.
LA will qualify for the postseason -- for the fifth straight year -- directly with a victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday OR a win over the Montreal Impact on Wednesday and either a draw against San Jose OR a Colorado Rapids defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday.
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LAGalaxy.com's Paolo Ferrari wraps up the festitivies from the LA Galaxy Foundation Golf Tournament with this "Galaxy Insider" video where I break down the tournament and showcase a little of my own golfing skills -- or lack thereof.
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Robbie Keane has returned to full training ahead of Ireland’s World Cup qualifying match against Kazakhstan and Ireland manager Noel King is hopeful that he’ll be back in the starting lineup on Tuesday.
Keane was unable to make the squad for Ireland’s 2-0 defeat to Germany last Friday after suffering an ankle injury in training during the buildup to the match. However, the LA Galaxy captain and Ireland’s all-time leading goal scorer returned to full training on Sunday and King believes that he’ll be ready for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifying finale in Dublin.
"I am hoping he is fit for selection. Robbie is still recovering," King told reporters.
If Keane does play, it’ll be a good sign for the Galaxy as they’ll need their captain back and ready for selection by Sunday’s vital match against the San Jose Earthquakes.
Robbie Keane resumed full training today with the squad in Malahide, while Richard Dunne and John O'Shea returned from suspension. #IrlKaz
— FAI (@FAIreland) October 13, 2013
International Update: Ankle issue forces Keane from Germany match, Donovan goes 45 and Penedo's Panama fall
Below is a round up of how Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan and Jaime Penedo fared on international duty on Friday.
*Robbie Keane was unable to suit up for Ireland’s 3-0 defeat to Germany after picking up an ankle injury earlier in the week. The 3-0 defeat eliminated Ireland from World Cup contention. Keane and Ireland will finish World Cup qualifying on Tuesday against Kazakhstan in Dublin.
*Landon Donovan went 45 minutes during the U.S. National Team’s 2-0 victory over Jamaica at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. Graham Zusi and Jozy Altidore scored in the victory over the Jamaicans as the U.S. sealed the top spot in the Hexagonal. After the match, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann told reporters that Donovan’s removal was “performance based.” The U.S. will close out the Hex in Panama on Tuesday, but Donovan will not be joining them due to an ankle injury.
*The hopes of Jaime Penedo’s Panama were placed on life support on Friday as Los Canaleros fell 2-1 on Raul Jimenez’s dramatic bicycle-kick finish in the waning moments of the game. Penedo was not without his heroics as he saved a Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez penalty kick late in the second half (video is below). All is not lost for Penedo as Panama can still earn a berth in the two-leg World Cup playoff if they defeat the U.S. and Mexico falls to Costa Rica in a match where it fails to score two goals or more.
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Landon Donovan is heading back to the LA Galaxy from U.S. National Team duty, U.S. Soccer announced on Saturday afternoon.
According to U.S. Soccer, Donovan picked up an ankle injury during the first half of the U.S. 2-0 victory over Jamaica on Friday at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.
"Landon is still struggling with the ankle injury from a couple weeks ago, so he will go back to Los Angeles and try to get back to 100 percent," said Klinsmann in a release.
On Friday, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann had stated that Donovan was removed from the match with Jamaica due to a “performance-based decision.” Donovan wasn't the only change as Klinsmann also released Tim Howard, Jermaine Jones, and Sporting Kansas City's Matt Besler while calling in Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson.
Donovan and Omar Gonzalez—who was released from national team duty last week with a hip injury—will face a fitness test ahead of Wednesday’s match against the Montreal Impact. If Donovan does participate on Wednesday, he’ll have a chance to break Jeff Cunningham’s all-time MLS Regular Season goal scoring record.