Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy can’t beat the Sisters of Mercy with their style of football. They couldn’t stand a chance against the likes of FC Edmonton of the NASL with their ineffective play, lackluster defending, and uncanny, God-given [sic] ability to give up goals late.
Because of their awful display, to put it in frank terms, against Martin Rennie’s Vancouver Whitecaps which led to their 3-1 defeat on the road at BC Place Stadium, the Galaxy could be suffering through a hopelessly futile May in which they don’t get a single point.
Here are the Player Ratings for the Los Angeles Galaxy against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Carlo Cudicini 1.5
This is type of performance that makes you wonder, why isn’t Brian Rowe starting in goal for Los Angeles? Cudicini even had to save one of his own players from scoring an own goal. Hey Bruce, how about starting Brian Rowe next week?
A.J. DeLaGarza 2
Only two interceptions, two clearances and seven recoveries, according to the Opta Chalkboard. Nothing else of worthy note from A.J. DeLaGarza, aside from sweeping a would-be own goal to Omar Gonzalez.
Sean Franklin 3.5
10 recoveries, three interceptions and two clearances. It was an improved performance from Sean Franklin but it’s offset buy the scoreline.
Greg Cochrane 1
Even though he’s a rookie, even rookies have to get their comeuppance on the View from Avalon. When you let the likes of Russell Teibert expose your unpolished youth, all you can do is hang your head in shame and pray to the heavens that Todd Dunivant is healthy enough to take back your spot.
Omar Gonzalez 2.5
Despite 10 recoveries, six clearances, two defender blocks and two interceptions, Gonzalez got schooled by Gershon Koffie in stoppage time and nearly scored an own goal in the first half. That’s what Gonzo gets a penalty for.
Hector Jimenez 2
A 55 percent pass success rate, a 43 percent cross success rate and only four recoveries. Very quiet afternoon from Hector Jimenez.
Marcelo Sarvas 4
Seven recoveries and an 88 percent pass success rate from Marcelo Sarvas. He was held in check by the likes of Jun Marques Davidson and the ever-popular Nigel Reo-Coker.
Mike Magee 2
Only two recoveries and an 84 percent pass success rate on 43 touches. Magee is still playing on kryptonite, and this doesn’t look good for his national team prospects.
High pass success rate (94 percent) to go with six recoveries. Despite the poor performance by the midfield, Juninho was pinpoint with his passing.
Jose Villareal 3.5
Villareal gets a bonus for an assist to Gyasi Zardes, but aside from that, he never got into an offensive rhythm against Vancouver.
Landon Donovan 2
11 unsuccessful crosses can only mean one thing: you’re most likely stuck with your club for the rest of the year barring an Act of the Footballing Gods, Landon Donovan.
Gyasi Zardes 6
Man of the match for opening his scoring account. Might be starter next week against Philadelphia and/or New York.
Michael Stephens 2
Only 11 touches and one interception. Complete non-factor late.
Colin Clark NR
Came into the game late, no rating given.