Dec 1, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy forward Robbie Keane hoists the MLS Cup trophy after defeating the Houston Dynamo during the 2012 MLS Cup game at the Home Depot Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Galaxy Ins and Outs: December 28, 2012

In this edition of the Los Angeles Galaxy Ins and Outs we wrap up the end-of-season player ratings for the 2012 Galaxy first team. First off, we take a look at Josh Saunders, now a proud two-time MLS Cup champion goalkeeper for the team.

Saunders competed in 36 first team matches for Los Angeles, including three CONCACAF Champions League contests. In those matches, Saunders garnered a 1.33 goals against average, with a 2.00 GAA in CCL play a 1.33 GAA in MLS regular season play and a 1.00 GAA the MLS Cup Playoffs. Saunders earned a record of 22-9-5, earning the collection of results in the CONCACAF Champions League and a 4-2-0 record in the MLS Cup Playoffs. Saunders also appeared in two MLS Reserve League games, earning a 1.00 GAA and a 2-0-0 record.

The high point of Saunders’s season was on April 21 against the Colorado Rapids when he made a point-blank save on Omar Cummings. As for his low points, the most noteworthy was his period of undergoing substance abuse and behavior health training as mandated by the league. After coming back from his dead period, Saunders notched a 19-6-4 record. The only other low point of note is the howler conceded against San Jose Victor Bernardez in the MLS Cup Playoffs.

“I’ve grown a lot,” Saunders admitted in an interview with LAGalaxy.com’s Adam Serrano. “When you go through tough times then you learn a lot about yourself.

“On the field, we went through some tough times and there were some other outside aspects too. I’ve become more of an adult I feel like and more like a leader in many different ways than just as a soccer player.”

Player Rating for Josh Saunders: 8.5/10
Josh Saunders gets a bit of a penalty for having to deal with personal issues but aside from that, he has delivered for the Galaxy, especially during the late stages of the season. The only question now is whether or not he will be returning next year to help spearhead the Galaxy’s threepeat aspirations.

To wrap up the end-of-season player ratings, we go to the token Irishman known as Robbie Keane. An MLS First XI selection, Keane appeared in 37 first team matches, including six MLS Cup Playoff contests and three CCL matches. In 3,309 minutes of action, Keane scored 23 goals and 10 assists. Of those goals, six came in the MLS Cup Playoffs.

Keane shined after Euro 2012 scoring 14 goals and seven assist from late June to early December. Thanks to his ability to generate space and create chance, Keane has helped revitalize the Galaxy’s successful MLS Cup defense. His efforts against the San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders in the MLS Cup Playoffs are of note. Conversely, before Euro 2012, Keane only maange theee goals and two assists.

Perhaps Keane will think twice before going off on a loan deal. Keeping his feet on the ground, LA’s No. 7 is putting it all in perspective.

“I don’t to speak about myself too much,” Keane told Serrano. “The most important thing about football is the team and being surrounded by players that help you. You can’t win a game on your own.

“I’ve been very fortunate. We are a good team and we’ve been helping each other. The team’s helped me score goals and if I can help them since I’ve been here, so great.”

Player rating for Robbie Keane: 10/10
This is the View from Avalon’s team MVP, right here. Robbie Keane is a player that deserves to finish his career as a member of the Galaxy. He is a very valuable forward and he will be counted on to keep Los Angeles in the running for some hardware in 2013. Keane has had a great season for Bruce Arena’s Galaxy, and don’t be surprised if this gets any better, especially since this is now his team to lead next year.

In other news, David Beckham doesn’t have any immediate plans to find a new club, according to the LA Daily News. Hey, when you’ve won as many titles as David has, not only have you earned the right to be uber-introspective…you also have the right to settle down and take your time in making your next move.

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