When the LA Galaxy take on the Houston Dynamo this afternoon, it's likely one of their goals will come from the combination of Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane. The two of them hooked up last MLS Cup to score the match's only goal. They've continued on this season proving to be one of the best pairings in MLS.
Nine of Robbie Keane's sixteen goals were assisted by Landon Donovan. Donovan only had five assists to players without the name Keane on their back. Not surprisingly, Keane was quite complementary when asked to talk about teaming up with Donovan.
"You can see the way the two of us link up and we’re [always] on the same wavelength. That makes it very easy to play together...Certainly most of my goals this year come down to Landon. He’s a great player and I’m very very lucky to play alongside him."
Keane has had some great strike partners and no. 10's in his career, so when he says Donovan is a great player it comes as high praise. Dom Kinnear at yesterday's press conference called Donovan the greatest soccer player America has produced, and he's not alone in that sentiment.
David Beckham playing his final match with the Galaxy has gotten enough ink this week to fill the LA River, but as far as on the pitch matters are concerned Beckham hasn't had near the impact those two have. He's only hit one of twenty nine open play crosses in the playoffs, and three of thirty five since his ankle injury on September 1st.
Wherever Beckham does end up going, hopefully they give him the proper amount of time off to heal. He still has the skill to hit players from wherever he is on the pitch, but at his age that's going to be more and more difficult unless he's at full health.
Beckham shall never be forgotten in LA, but it's Donovan and Keane who have been the engines driving this train. Hopefully this afternoon it will reach it's final stop; a second straight MLS Cup.