RSL loses 4-2 at LA Galaxy with Keane netting hat trick

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Spor

Robbie Keane punished Real Salt Lake in the cruelest of ways, scoring a second-half hat trick as a once-strong defense crumbled for not the first time in recent weeks, with RSL losing 4-2 to LA Galaxy.

Joao Plata opened the scoring with a fantastic goal through the legs of LA goalkeeper and MLS debutant Jaime Penedo, having been put through by a flick into his path by Ned Grabavoy.

Robbie Keane shifted the momentum, though, only four minutes later: Carlos Salcedo dove in desperately at the feet of Keane. The Irishman could only have been described as calm with his finish. With the game 1-1, there was plenty to be played.

The visitors' response was less than stellar. Robbie Keane moved LA Galaxy into the lead in the 67th minute when a terminally poor defensive outlay saw Gyasi Zardes reach the ball with ease before it even came close to reaching the touchline; his pass into Robbie Keane was perfect.

Omar Gonzalez scored in the 75th minute from a corner, beating Nat Borchers to the ball and heading home with ease. Gonzalez certainly deserves a bit of a shaming for his response, as after the goal, he went directly to Nat Borchers to engage in a bit of grade school taunting, which, considering Gonzalez just signed a designated player deal for LA, is a real shame.

Robbie Keane polished off the scoring for LA Galaxy, grabbing his hat trick in the process: A chip over an onrushing Nick Rimando finished it off for the victors late on.

It wasn't quite done, as Robbie Findley found some very slight joy on a corner, picking up a rebound and finishing from close range.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join RSL Soapbox

You must be a member of RSL Soapbox to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at RSL Soapbox. You should read them.

Join RSL Soapbox

You must be a member of RSL Soapbox to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at RSL Soapbox. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker