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Keat settling in Sweden

Keat signed for the second division side in March and is quickly finding his feet in the league after struggling to get game time with Major League Soccer club LA Galaxy.
Having played eight of Falkenbergs’ last nine matches, Keat says Sunday night’s goal was pretty good by his own standards.
“It was one of my better ones for sure. It was a good striker,” the 25-year-old says.
Keat scored in the 64th minute after receiving the ball from fellow midfielder Johan Svahn and blasting off his left foot 22 metres out from the goal leaving keeper Tommi Vaiho with nothing to do but watch as the ball flew past him into the back of the net.
“The ball was at Svahns feet and bounced nicely into my path. He yelled at me to leave it but I guess thankfully I ignored him. I knew I caught it pretty well. I’ve always worked hard at being a two-footed player. I like to think I am good with both feet.”
“Obviously it was nice to score my first goal for the club, but more importantly we got a good win.”
Of the matches Keat has played with the Swedish side they have lost just one and after almost being relegated last season the team is now leading the league.
“I am happy with the way things have been going. We have good players who work hard for each other and are well coached which I think is the recipe for success. We just try and win each game as it comes, that’s all we’re worried about,” Keat says.
As for adjusting to life in a foreign country with a whole new language to contend with as well as a new club and teammates, Keat is taking it in his stride.
“I like the fact we are near the beach and people are pretty relaxed. Sweden seems reasonably similar to New Zealand with the climate and weather which is great,” he says.
“I have been welcomed by the team and people in town in general which makes it easy to focus on the football. Everyone speaks better English than most English people.”
Story courtesy of Eric Nilsson
To see Dan Keat’s goal for Swedish club Falkenbergs FF click here


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