In Week 31, Robbie Keane took his first AT&T Goal of the Week honor for 2012. The Los Angeles Galaxy striker collected 47 percent of the vote for his awesome volley shot in L.A.'s 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake. This is the sixth time a Galaxy player has won the award in 2012. Currently, Los Angeles leads the league for the most GOTW awards this season.
In the 17th minute, after Juninho sent in a high cross, Keane waited for the ball to come down and launched a volley into the back of the net. The Irish striker displayed incredible skill and precision when timing the volley. Unfortunately, this was the Galaxy's only goal of the night and Fabian Espindola scored a brace to give RSL the victory. Although Keane has scored 15 goals, this was his first goal of the week honor. The Irish international sits in fourth place in MLS in goals scored.
Our Other Winners
Along with Keane, Jose Villarreal also won a GOTW award. In Week 20, the Homegrown player won for his equalizer against the Vancouver Whitecaps. The then 18-year-old shifted the ball to his left foot before unleashing a screamer into the upper-V. The goal was so good it even beat out Thierry Henry's impressive shot. Yet, the real GOTW king is David Beckham. Beckham leads the league with four goal of the week honors. Two of the goals came from free kicks while the others were in the run of play.
What about Juninho?
Although the Galaxy has the most GOTW accolades, Juninho has yet to take the honor this year. The midfielder has been nominated several times. Typically, he's on the ballot for wonder goals from over 25-yards-out. In week 29, the Brazilian midfielder was edged out by RSL's Javier Morales. In Week 26, teammate Beckham took 32 percent of the vote while Juninho garnered 24 percent. It would be nice to see Juninho win a GOTW award. He is definitely deserving.
The Galaxy have scored 56 goals or the second most in the league. Before the season is over, it's likely we will see some more LAG faces on the GOTW ballot.
Melissa Matters is a long time Los Angeles resident and devoted Los Angeles Galaxy fan.
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