LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 20 of the 2015 MLS season.
Keane notched his second straight hat trick in MLS play in the Galaxy’s 5-2 win over the San Jose Earthquakes on Friday night, which included the MLS debut of former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard. The forward now has nine goals scored on the season, tied for fourth in MLS. The four career hat tricks tie former LA Galaxy players Landon Donovan and Cobi Jones for the most in LA Galaxy history.
After falling behind 2-0, Keane started the comeback in the 30th minute after Gerrard earned a penalty. The Irish International stepped up to the spot and calmly placed the ball into the bottom right corner. Gerrard then went on to notch his first MLS goal to level the score at 2-2 in the 37th minute.
In the second half, the star duo combined to take the lead. The Galaxy earned a free kick just outside the box on the end line that Gerrard stepped up to take, and the English icon sent a low cross into the box that Keane flicked on past San Jose 'keeper David Bingham to go up 3-2 in the 64th minute.
After Bingham tripped LA midfielder Baggio Husidic inside the box, the reigning league MVP buried his second penalty kick to complete the hat trick in the 80th minute.
The LA Galaxy return to MLS action Saturday night when they travel to BBVA Compass Stadium to take on the Houston Dynamo (9 pm ET, MLS LIVE).
The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from NASR. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.