VANCOUVER, B.C. – Robbie Keane had no time for guff after the LA Galaxy’s disappointing 2-2 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
The frustrated Irish captain left it simple when describing the club’s mood after surrendering two leads to earn just a point from an otherwise strong performance against Vancouver.
“It feels like a loss to be honest with you,” Keane told reporters after the draw in which he scored his fourth goal in four games. “I don’t see it as a draw; I see it as a loss.”
Such a result is frustrating for the Galaxy when you consider that they seemed to control the game for wide stretches after taking the lead in the 38th minute on a Stefan Ishizaki goal that involved some lovely build-up play by Dan Gargan and Baggio Husidic.
However, the wheels started to come off in the 67th minute when Leonardo and Jaime Penedo collided in the penalty area as they attempted to tackle Vancouver’s Darren Mattocks. With both Galaxy players out of position, Mattocks easily slotted in a shot that gave Vancouver life and set up a track meet of a second half.
Keane himself, helped give LA the lead yet again with a tidy finish in the 74th minute, but Vancouver broke through yet again just five minutes from full time with a relatively uncontested strike from Kekuta Manneh.
“It’s disappointing,” said Keane. “You can’t go up twice away from home and concede goals like that. The first goal was very, very sloppy. We had the momentum for most of the game; we kept the ball and kept it moving. We did well with both of our goals, but it feels like we have to score way more goals than everyone else, but that shouldn’t be the case. We should be able to see games out.”
Conceding late goals and defensive miscues were a common theme for the Galaxy in 2013 as the team allowed a maddening 18 goals in the final 15 minutes of games. To avoid a relapse, forward Landon Donovan asserts that the team must just become a bit more locked in during the pivotal moments of the match.
“We just need to concentrate,” said Donovan. ‘I think both Jaime and Leonardo would tell you that they should have been a little more focused and at the end, there was probably three or four guys who could have done more to prevent the [Manneh goal] from happening. We feel like we could prevent that and that’s how you learn.”
With yet another week of rest before resuming their league calendar against the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on May 3, Keane had a few pearls of wisdom for his frustrated team.
“We have to snap out of this fairly quickly because last year when we conceded so many goals at the end of games, it was ridiculous. We have to make sure that that doesn’t happen again,” said Keane. “Today is one of those days, but we shouldn’t have been in that situation in the first place. We have a couple weeks of break now and we just have to get over it.”