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Keane's double lifts the Galaxy

ROBBIE KEANE fired in a brace of goals to help the LA Galaxy to a much-needed 2-0 victory over the Chicago Fire in the MLS yesterday.

The Irishman celebrated his 32nd birthday in style, as he helped the Galaxy snap a two-match losing streak to climb back into a playoff spot in fifth place in the Western Conference.

A 24th-minute penalty from Keane saw LA lead early, after Fire defender Jalil Anibaba was penalised for a handball inside his own area at Toyota Park.

Keane doubled his tally when he finished off a quality pass from Landon Donovan to seal the three points for the visitors 12 minutes from time for his sixth MLS goal of the season.

"Of course we want to score as many goals as we can, but the important thing is the team and getting points on the board and that was the case," Keane said afterwards.

"It was important that the team won, it's not about one individual. It's about the whole team. I'm happy enough for the team."