Robbie Keane celebrated his 32nd birthday by scoring both goals in the Los Angeles Galaxy’s 2-0 Major League Soccer win over the Chicago Fire on Sunday, lifting his team into the final play-off spot in the Western Conference.
The Galaxy, without midfielder David Beckham through suspension and with forward Landon Donovan starting on the bench due to a hip injury, headed into the sell-out encounter at Toyota Park on the back of two straight losses and were facing a team unbeaten in four games.
But things soon looked up for the visitors as Keane converted a 22nd-minute penalty following handball by Jalil Anibaba, and then substitute Donovan supplied the pass for the Republic of Ireland captain to put the result beyond doubt 12 minutes from time.
The New York Red Bulls passed up the chance to move top of the Eastern Conference standings as they went down 2-0 to New England at Gillette Stadium.
Lee Nguyen and debutant Jerry Bengtson were the men on target for the Revolution.
Two goals in three first-half minutes from Gabriel Gomez and Freddy Adu set the Philadelphia Union on their way to a 3-0 win over Toronto FC, substitute Antoine Hoppenot adding a third in the 78th minute in a battle between the Eastern Conference’s bottom two teams.
Finally, the Montreal Impact netted twice in the final 13 minutes to snap their three-game losing streak, coming from behind to beat the Columbus Crew 2-1.
Milovan Mirosevic had headed the visitors in front in the 64th minute at Stade Saputo, but Zarek Valentin equalised in the 78th minute and then Patrice Bernier’s 89th-minute penalty completed the turnaround.