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Rare bad night from Robbie Keane costs LA Galaxy against Real Salt Lake

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Robbie Keane has been the most important part of the LA Galaxy’s success for two-plus seasons, but after his team’s 1-0 loss to Real Salt Lake on Saturday night in Carson, the Republic of Ireland international gets to shoulder a large portion of the blame. With two clear chances in the first half, the two-time Best XI striker couldn’t deliver an opener, and with a chance to equalize from the spot in second half stoppage time, Keane cost his team a point when he couldn’t beat Nick Rimando.

Over the course of the 2014, Keane is going to win far more points than he gives away. One Saturday night, however, his season got off on the wrong foot.

In the 19th minute, a square ball from Landon Donovan from the left of the RSL penalty area found Keane at the far post. As Rimando tried to get back past across goal, Keane’s left-footed shot flew into the crowd, leaving the game scoreless.

Fifteen minutes later, a poor clearance from Rimando eventually led to to a chance for Keane just inside the penalty. With Rimando stranded in the middle of goal, Keane had both sides to choose from before putting his shot off the right post.

The coup de grace came in the 92nd minute, after Galaxy debutant Rob Friend drew a penalty on Tony Beltran, sending Keane to the spot. Moments later, on a knee-high shot too far inside Rimando’s right post, the Galaxy’s last chance to pull even was denied, with Keane’s third big miss relegating his team to a season-opening loss.

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There are only a few players in the league whose bad nights warrant this kind of attention, but that’s the rarified air the league’s best forward occupies. When Keane misses three easy chances (and any of those chance could have earned his team a point), it’s going to be a topic of discussion.

He may not be the most clinical striker in Major League Soccer, but Keane is one of the more prolific, making it all the more remarkable when three easy chances can’t yield at least one goal. It’s going to be a long time before we see another performance like this out of the Galaxy star.

Coleman explains why he stayed as Wales coach, rejected Hull

ZENICA, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - OCTOBER 10: Head coach Chris Coleman of Wales celebrates after the Euro 2016 qualifying football match between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Wales at the Stadium Bilino Polje in Elbasan on October 10, 2015. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)
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CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Chris Coleman says he chose to remain as Wales manager despite interest from Premier League side Hull because he’s in a job that is “close to his heart.”

The Football Association of Wales rejected an approach for Coleman from Hull this month, with the Welshman deciding to stay on rather than resigning.

Coleman, who guided Wales to the European Championship semifinals against the odds, said on Wednesday that “if someone comes and it’s the Premier League, anybody, you kind of look at it sideways. Of course.”

But, Coleman added, managing your country “comes around once, if you’re lucky.”

Coleman has made no secret of his desire to manage in club football in the future, but says “what I’ve got here is something very special and close to my heart.”

FOLLOW LIVE: The UEFA Champions League finds its last five group stage teams

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24:  Joe Hart of Manchester City warms up prior to the UEFA Champions League Play-off Second Leg match between Manchester City and Steaua Bucharest at Etihad Stadium on August 24, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Who’s going to join Porto, Monaco, Legia Warsaw, Ludogorets Razgrad and Celtic as playoff teams to join the UEFA Champions League group stage?

The biggest names of Wednesday’s slate are cruising after their first legs, with Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach putting five and three goals on the board, respectively.

[ MORE: Champions League Tues. roundup ]

Could the match be Joe Hart‘s last for City? The longtime backstop gets the call with the transfer window a week away.

In the other three cases, things are wide open. Rostov plays Ajax, Red Bull Salzburg faces Dinamo Zagreb, and APOEL lines up Copenhagen.

Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League slateFOLLOW LIVE

Borussia Monchengladbach (3) vs. (1) BSC Young Boys
Rostov (1) vs. (1) Ajax
Red Bull Salzburg (1) vs. (1) Dinamo Zagreb
APOEL (0) vs. (1) Copenhagen
Manchester City (5) vs. Steaua Bucuresti (0)

FOLLOW LIVE – EFL CUP: Four Americans in the 18 for Fulham, Sunderland, Bournemouth

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The newly-renamed EFL Cup, formerly the League Cup, rolls on Wednesday with four more matches ahead of the evening’s third-round draw.

American attacker Lynden Gooch starts for Sunderland, while Tim Ream starts for Fulham and Luca de la Torre is on the Cottagers’ bench. Emerson Hyndman is on the bench for Bournemouth.

Tuesday’s action saw Premier League sides West Brom and Watford excused from the tournament.

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Accrington Stanley vs. Burnley
Fulham vs. Middlesbrough
Morecambe vs. Bournemouth
Sunderland vs. Shrewsbury Town

L.A. Galaxy’s Keane retires from Republic of Ireland duty

DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 11:  Robbie Keane of Republic of Ireland applauds the fans during the EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar at Aviva Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Robbie Keane is ending a big chapter in his career.

Fear not, Galaxy fans, the 36-year-old living L.A. legend isn’t calling it quits on club soccer, but Keane is done with representing the Republic of Ireland.

Keane will play one more game for the Boys in Green, a friendly against Oman next week, before leaving the Republic to qualify for the World Cup without him.

[ MORE: Yedlin, Newcastle make it official ]

In a sprawling and understandably emotional — if not moving — statement, Keane says he isn’t going to stop playing for his club anytime soon, and that he hardly dreamed he’d get to this point.

No player has been capped (145) or scored (67) as many times for Ireland than Keane.