The LA Galaxy's CONCACAF Champions League campaign got off to a perfect start thanks to Robbie Keane. The striker continued his blistering run of form, notching a brace to lead the Galaxy to a 2-0 win over Cartagines at the Stub Hub Center that has them in the driver's seat of Group 8.
Keane's opener came in the 66th minute just after Landon Donovan was subbed on and the pair quickly combined to give the Galaxy a lead. Donovan chipped a ball over the top of the Cartagines defense that Keane brought down 10 yards from goal, settled and from an angle, shot at the far post. Wardy Alfaro, who had robbed Keane in the first half, got a hand to the shot, but he still let the ball past him and slowly rolled over the line for the LA lead.
It looked like LA would have to settle for a 1-0 win, which isn't ideal at home in a competition that often calls upon goal difference to determine who advance to the knockout stages, but Keane stuck again just before the final whistle. This time, he beat Alfaro cleanly, having been played in alone on goal and when his shot found the net, LA had a much more palatable 2-0 win.
Keane's brace comes on the heels of a hat trick in league play on Saturday, giving him five goals in his last two matches. He could have had another hat trick on Tuesday too if it wasn't for Alfaro, who came up big for Cartagines on multiple occasions.
It also puts them in a good position in the Champions League with three points, tied for Cartagines atop the group. But the Costa Rican club has played two matches to the Galaxy's one, putting the MLS club in a good position to advance to the quarterfinals for the second straight year if they can manage the two away matches that await them in their final three group stage matches.