Well, it’s another day, another defeat for Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy, who have regressed to their early-2012 form after dropping their first game of their 2013 MLS campaign: a 1-0 defeat to Schellas Hyndman’s FC Dallas at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Tex. George John delivered the heroics in the 87th minute for the hosts but was pelted by a fan who may have watched his last game at FC Dallas Stadium and is awaiting his eviction notice.
Losing a match is never good, and it’s especially damning when you play down to 10 men. But that is the case for the defending MLS Cup Champions, who now have Sporting Kansas City to worry about next week. Here are the player ratings for the Los Angeles Galaxy against FC Dallas.
Carlo Cudicini 7
Made a big penalty save in the second half and was unfortunate to not get the shutout. Aside from the goal given up, another decent game for Cudicini, who earns Man of the Match despite giving up the George John goal late.
Greg Cochrane 6.5
A good night out for Cochrane, who had seven clearances, three tackles won and a 70 percent pass success rate.
Despite four interceptions, nine clearances and four recoveries to go with an 86 percent pass success rate, all those stats are in vain if you get sent off. The goat of the match for LA, whose expulsion changed the dynamics of the contest, if subtly.
A.J. DeLaGarza 6
A 67 percent pass success rate, three tackles won, four clearances and two recoveries. This was a quiet night defensively for A.J. DeLaGarza.
Omar Gonzalez 6.5
Gonzalez gets a half-point deduction for earning a yellow card in the 52nd minute, but he was solid with his defensive work, with five interceptions, nine clearances and three recoveries.
Colin Clark 5.5
Had a clear opportunity to score for Los Angeles in the first half, but saw his shot collected by Dallas goalkeeper Raul Fernandez.
Mike Magee 6
Held at bay to an extent for the entire contest. Was limited to four interceptions, two recoveries, a 79 percent pass success rate and three lay offs. Magee also had a couple of unsuccessful crosses.
Marcelo Sarvas 6.5
In spite of an 81 percent pass success rate, six interceptions and 11 recoveries, Marcelo Sarvas was left out to dry by Michel, David Ferreiral, Jackson, Andrew Jacobson and Kenny Cooper. In addition, he was subbed after 80 minutes of play.
Nine recoveries, four lay offs, two tackles won and an 87 percent pass success rate couldn’t bail Juninho out from being outworked in the midfield by one of the best teams in Major League Soccer this year.
Jack McBean 4.5
Still not ready for prime time. Horrible pass success rate: 54 percent, a 50 percent flick on success rate and no shots on goal.
Landon Donovan 5
When you can’t convert penalties and you have a 10 percent cross success rate to go with a 59 percent pass success rate, you know you’re stuck in preseason form and Landon Donovan knows he is still in preseason form.
Jose Villareal 4
34 minutes, no shots on goal, only one recovery and a 64 percent pass sucess rate on 11 touches. Garbage time for Villareal, who was originally brought in to add some offensive punch to the Galaxy, but that went south thanks to Leonardo’s brain explosion. Anybody called the local groundskeeper to clean up that mess?
Tommy Meyer 5
Limited action, but he did have four clearances and two recoveries. He will need to work on his passing, especially with him possibility next week against Sporting Kansas City.
Rafael Garcia NR
Came into the game late, no rating given.