2012 Galaxy team MVP Keane flourishing on the cusp of playoffs

CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Keane was a threat throughout the LA Galaxy's 1-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday, but despite numerous chances to score, the Irishman wasn't able to find the back of the net. But perhaps a testement to his stellar season, Keane found a way to get on the scoresheet in another way, by dishing a pass to Mike Magee for the lone goal of the match. 

Keane may not have scored a goal on Sunday, but following the match, he was awarded with the club's Most Valuable Player honor as well as the team's Golden Boot for his 16 goals and nine assists this season. 

"It’s obviously nice to be recognized, in my first full season," said Keane. "You never take awards lightly, it’s a great achievement, it’s great to get them and it’s great to be recognized by people."

Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena was especially pleased about Keane earning the Most Valuable Player award, even though it came from the club's local media, a frequent object of his scorn.

"I think that it’s an honor that he really deserves. He’s clearly had an outstanding year for us and once he returned from the European Championships, he’s been as good as any player in this league. He’s been outstanding," said Arena with a smirk. "I hate to say this; I think that award was voted on by the sportswriters, which is amazing that you guys got that right. I agree completely, well done."