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SBI MLS Cup final Man of the Match: Robbie Keane

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With just moments remaining in extra time of the 2014 MLS Cup final, the league’s Most Valuable Player struck.

LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane, named league MVP just four days prior, fired the Galaxy to their third MLS Cup in four years with a 111th minute finish to earn recognition as SBI MLS Cup Man of the Match

Keane created countless opportunities throughout the duration of regular time only to see each and every chance scuffed out from under him in the waning moments. The Irishman didn’t miss his opportunity in extra time, however, running by the Revolution defense before firing past goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth to lead the Galaxy to the club’s fifth MLS Cup.

Keane beat out fellow Galaxy goal-scorer Gyassi Zardes, defender A.J. DeLaGarza, as well as Revs midfielders Jermaine Jones and Chris Tierney for Man of the Match honors.

What did you think of Keane’s performance in Sunday’s MLS Cup final? Which player stood out to you?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. felt like Keane really blew some good chances for himself and his teammates quite a bit. He was in lose the ball being selfish and then scream at someone, or something to overt blame

  2. Keane had a pretty mediocre game. I say give the award to that heavy set gal in the first row behind the goal with the short blonde hair who was flipping off Swords.

  3. And also, I’ve been a huge Omar fan from his first game but wow did he prove his critics right today? The lapse of concentration in the build up to the NE goals was very poor. Hope he gets back on track next season.

  4. So as Ives would say: Who apart from Robbie Keane was your MOTM? I agree with some of the other posts, Sarvas and Juninho or Sarvas and Juniho as runner up. Keane missed too many chances was out of sync with LD and wasn’t close to MOTM.

  5. It was Sarvas or AJ for me, they both came up huge multiple times, but good for Keane regardless, and I’m glad to see my Galaxy win again. The 5-0 dismantling of RSL was our best game in my opinion, the game that’s emblematic of our prowess in all aspects of the field, and the one I’ll remember this season by.

  6. That unidentified fan has come a long way!

    IMO Juninho and Sarvas were the best players on the field today though. It was no coincidence that Jones pushed forward and had that great late shot right after Juninho exited. Also, Tierney played a good game, but he lost focus at the worst possible time and basically lost the game for the Revs.

    • +1 All good points. Even as an LAG fan, I’d say Tierney was looking like the only really deserving candidate for MOTM until that mental meltdown

    • That’s really harsh on Tierney he also scored a very well taken goal that got NE to extra time. Omar on the other hand had the same lapse of concentration and Keane had to bail him out.

    • I thought his celebration was funny.

      That was his trademark goal celebration in the EPL. I’m pretty sure the LA front office asked him to remove the “machine gun” part at the end because he did it when he first got to the league but quickly replaced it with an “explosion” gesture.

      Today his emotions got the best of him and he started with the machine gun then tried to switch halfway through to the explosion.


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