Robbie Keane shrugged off claims of a lack of confidence with a brace as the LA Galaxy earned their first win of the season with a 3-1 win over DC United on Sunday.
The Republic of Ireland striker had fired blanks in his opening two games of the new US season leading to suggestions from his club manager Bruce Arena that he was short of confidence.
However in typical Keane fashion the former Spurs star bounced back with a double to help Galaxy get off the mark in 2012.
Keane opened the scoring in the 45th minute when he got on the end of Todd Dunivant cross goal header to guide the ball home before he doubled his and Galaxy’s advantage on 69 minutes when he linked up with Landon Donavan to seal the win.
After losing in the US equivalent of the Champions League to Toronto FC and losing to Real Salt Lake in the MLS season opener, Keane was a happy man after helping the Galaxy to a deserved win.
“In the games that we’ve played, we’ve outplayed teams, there’s no question about that. But the teams have scored more than we had. That’s the reason that we’ve lost,” Keane said.
“We’ve had chances to win, but we haven’t taken them. Today we took our chances and I think that the way that we’ve played for 85 minutes, we controlled the game. We played very well.”