Robbie Keane made his match return for LA Galaxy yesterday and did what came naturally, scoring.
In the Galaxy's behind closed doors, pre-season friendly against UCLA at StubHub Center, Keane played 45 minutes but it was still enough for him to get his name on the score sheet.
The Irishman was rested in the first half and it didn't hurt the Galaxy, as they went 1-0 up in the first 45 through a goal from Chandler Hoffman, a former Bruin and Keane's back up.
The ex-Tottenham and Liverpool striker Keane came on at half time and only took 17 minutes to make his mark, converting a 62nd minute penalty to wrap up the scoring in Los Angeles.
Keane then spoke to reporters after the match and talked about his return to fitness:
"Felt good. Felt sharp,” Keane told MLSSoccer.com. “I’m only going to get stronger as the more games we’re going to play, but I think I played well. I look forward to Saturday’s game [against LA Galaxy II].
“I thought [my touch] was very good, actually. I’m very happy. It was my first real game in three months — I was very, very happy. Some good touches, some good movements. Scored, obviously, so I felt very good.
“The last 10 minutes, with the [warm] weather and your first game — the first 35 minutes were very good, felt sharp. The last 10 minutes, just keeping the ball, going through the motions a little bit. That’s to be expected.”
Keane's manager at the Galaxy, Bruce Arena, spoke about Keane's comeback and knows that it will take time and hard work to get back fit.
“Robbie needed it. That’s his first run this year. We’ve got to build on that. Definitely [he was rusty], to be expected. His fitness isn’t there yet, he’s got to get his touch a little bit cleaner, but it was a good first time on the field.”
Keane was prolific last season in MLS, netting 18 times in only 27 games as he and Landon Donovan dragged the Galaxy as far as they could.
Keane is club captain in LA and will be hoping to lead his side to MLS glory in the 2014 season, this goal is just the start of that road.