Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy rallied from a halftime goal deficit to win MLS Cup 2012 with a 3-1 victory over Dominic Kinnear’s Houston Dynamo on Saturday at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. A lackluster first half gave way to a solid second half of football, capped off by two penalty conversions by Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane.
Let’s take a look at the final player ratings of the season for the Los Angeles Galaxy against the Houston Dynamo, with a little help from the Opta Chalkboard.
Josh Saunders 7.5
In spite of giving up a goal to Calen Carr in the 44th minute of play, Saunders made five big saves to keep the Galaxy in this one. Absolutely stellar job in goal.
Tommy Meyer 6
Meyer was burned on the Calen Carr goal but did reasonable well, making six clearances and two recoveries. However, he conceded two corners and may have had a little stage fright.
Omar Gonzalez 9
Your man of the match by the View from Avalon. 11 interceptions, 15 clearances, three recoveries, six headers, a goal and a decent 69 percent pass success rate. What more can you say? Perhaps the fact that he could be on his way to Europe?
Sean Franklin 7
A solid 79 percent pass success rate, seven recoveries, three tackles won and two interceptions. More of the same from Sean Franklin, who also gets a bonus for an assist on the Omar Gonzalez goal.
Mike Magee 7
Mike Magee had a 76 percent pass success rate, four headers and five recoveries. He was unfortunate to not get a goal in the contest, but sometimes that’s the way the cookie crumbles.
David Beckham 8
In his final game for the Galaxy, Beckham had a 67 percent pass success rate, five success crosses, two key passes, two tackles won and nine recoveries.
Christian Wilhelmsson 5.5
In spite of a 78 percent pass success rate and five recoveries, Christian Wilhelmsson underimpressed with his ability to surrender the ball and essentially become a liability in the midfield for the Galaxy.
Three headers, three recoveries, a couple of defender blocks, four tackles won and an 82 percent pass success rate. When Juninho came off the field, he was in tears, knowing that this could be his last game as a member of the Galaxy. And if it his, well, it’s been a great run for him. Here’s to your success at Sao Paulo, Juni. Um trabalho bem feito!
Landon Donovan 8
In what could also be his final game for the LA Galaxy, Landon Donovan had an 83 percent pass succees rate, a goal off a penalty conversion, seven recoveries, three tackles won, two interceptions, seven lay offs and two key passes.
Robbie Keane 8.5
The way Robbie Keane generates space on a consistent basis has been nothing short of breathtaking. Keane could have had a few more goals, but he did score late on a penalty. In addition he had a 76 percent pass success rate, three lay offs, a through ball, and a recovery.
Edson Buddle 5
Used for hold-up play, but Edson Buddle did enough to prevent the Houston Dynamo from dealing any further damage in the second half.
Michael Stephens 5
Garbage time minutes for Stephens, who has been usede for this purpose. Like Buddle, Stephens did enough to maintain the Galaxy’s advantage in the second half.
Marcelo Sarvas NR
Came into the game late, no rating given.