A pro-Tijuana crowd was on hand at a reduced-capacity Home Depot Center to witness the Los Angeles Galaxy take on the Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente Reserves on Tuesday. Earlier in the night, Tijuana’s first team took out Colombian outfit Millionarios in Copa Libertadores action, 1-0. The hope for the Tijuana fans was that the reserves would make it a sweep in some windy, rainy conditions.
Relative strength is relative, though, and Los Angeles were able to put it together in a contest that saw both sides play down to 10 men. In the end the Galaxy prevailed in a wild, wild goal festival, 6-2. Here are the player ratings for the Los Angeles Galaxy against Club Tijuana.
Carlo Cudicini NR
Did not play, rested.
Brian Perk 7.5
Solid showing in goal, made some key saves.
Brian Rowe 3
Mop-up duty, gave up two late goals.
Sean Franklin 5.5
Beaten off the ball a few times but had the speed to match up agains the Xolos reserves.
Omar Gonzalez 6
Almost got in on goal on a Juninho corner. Otherwise, a solid workout for Gonzalez.
A.J. DeLaGarza 6.5
Was cautioned but tracked down the Tijuana attack nicely.
He is on the comeback trail, scoring in the 37th minute of play.
Bryan Gaul 8.5
Scored in the 65th and 91st minutes of play and has an intention of making it happen this year. The View from Avalon’s Man of the Match.
Michael Stephens 6
Garbage time for Stephens again, solid in the midfield and helped feed Gaul one of his goals.
Set piece specialist for Landon Donovan. Will need to work on those set pieces a bit more.
Hector Jimenez 7
Scores late in the 80th minute of play. Improved effort from Jimenez, best in a while.
Marcelo Sarvas 6
Instrumental in a few offensive sequences in the first half.
Rafael Garcia 1
Came in for only a few minutes before exiting stage right.
Colin Clark 5.5
Did not miss much from his time with Houston. An off-the-radar performance.
Greg Cochrane 6.5
Garbage time for this rookie, who acquitted himself in the second half with an assist.
Mike Magee 6
Tested the Xolos back line in the first half, but lacked the finish.
Jack McBean 6.5
Made up for his yellow card with a goal in the 84th minute of play.
Charlie Rugg 5
Proved that he has the potential to do big things on the pitch.
Robbie Keane 8
Made a statement in first 10 minutes with the first goal of the game, as a true captain should.
Kofi Opare 4.5
Decent night out but will need to impress at training to earn more minutes of time.
Oscar Sorto 5
Has room to grow as a defender.
Jose Villarreal NR
National team duty, no rating.
Gyasi Zardes NR
Injured, no rating.
Kenney Walker NR
Injured, no rating.
Landon Donovan NR
On sabbatical, no rating.
Todd Dunivant NR
Did not play, no rating.