Robbie Keane hat trick earns MLS weekly honors

Robbie Keane was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week for a hat trick against Real Salt Lake. Photo: Associated Press

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2013 — Landon Donovan did it last week, this weekend it was Robbie Keane’s turn.

Just a week after Donovan notched a hat trick in a 3-3 tie with FC Dallas and won the league’s weekly honors, Keane scored a hat trick as the Galaxy came from behind to down Real Salt Lake 4-2 on Saturday. For his efforts, Keane was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters for week 25 of the 2013 MLS season.


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This was Keane’s second MLS career hat trick and it helped move the LA outfit just four points behind first-place Real Salt Lake. Keane, who is Ireland’s all-time leading goal scorer with 59 goals in 127 games, took his tally to ten goals this season in just 14 games. 

Keane scored his first goal of the night to level the match 1-1 in the 56th minute after he fired a low shot into the corner of the net. He added his second in the 67th minute  converting a cross from Sean Franklin.

The 33-year old Irishman completed his hat trick in the 86th minute when he chipped the ball over the on-rushing Real Salt Lake goalie Nick Rimando.

The LA Galaxy are back in action tomorrow, Aug. 20 when they host the Costa Rican side Cartaginés in the CONCACAF Champions League (10:00 p.m. ET)

John Haydon wrote a weekly soccer column for The Washington Times for 20 years. He has covered two World Cups and written about Major League Soccer from the league’s inception in 1996.

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John Haydon has covered soccer for The Washington Times for two decades. He has reported on international soccer events in Germany, South Korea and Spain. John hails from Birmingham, England and has lived in the Washington D.C. region for over twenty years.  

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