The winless streak continues for Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy, who simply could not find an answer for Pa-Modou Kah and Donovan Ricketts of Caleb Porter’s Portland Timbers. Their offensive futility was on display in what was effectively a gloried scrimmage: a scoreless draw at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
“There are some things we can certainly do better, but I am not sure Portland had a whole lot of chances tonight,” Arena told reporters after the match. “At the other end of the field, I thought their center backs played well. Obviously, Ricketts is not easy to beat; this is going to be a game where we had to jump on any kind of opportunity we got.
“We were half a step off most of the night and you know Portland’s posture is pretty obvious when they go on the road they try to get a point. They were certainly pleased getting a point.”
With the draw, Los Angeles improve to 6-6-3 for the season and will look to finally produce against Chivas USA on Sunday at StubHub. Here are the player ratings for the Los Angeles Galaxy against the Portland Timbers on Wednesday.
Carlo Cudicini 8
Four saves and a shutout. Best-performing player on the pitch.
A.J. DeLaGarza 6.5
Get a deduction for the yellow. Otherwise, A.J. DeLaGarza had seven clearances, three recoveries, conceded one corner and had a 79 percent pass success rate.
Sean Franklin 6.5
Seven recoveries, four interceptions, but three unsuccessful crosses to go with a 78 percent pass success rate.
Tommy Meyer 7
A brave performance from Tommy Meyer, who had 10 clearances, four recoveries and a 79 percent pass success rate.
Todd Dunivant 5
Not at match fitness, with only three interceptions, two recoveries and a 60 percent pass success rate. Still has a ways to go.
Rafael Garcia 6
He’s no Marcelo Sarvas, but he did what he could, with five recoveries and an 86 percent pass success rate.
Held in check by Pa-Modou Kah and the Portland back line, with a 75 percent pass success rate and just four recoveries.
Robbie Rogers 5
Brings width, but lacks the production and the payoff. Did have seven recoveries to his credit but will need to be fit later this summer.
Gyasi Zardes 6
Brought some flash to the attack and had six recoveries, but hasn’t mastered the flick-on yet in this league and his pass success rate was horrid (56 percent).
Landon Donovan 4
A 57.5 percent pass success rate, four recoveries and five unsuccessful crosses. You really think you’re Gold Cup material after this, and you get schooled by a nobody from Gambia? You may want to rethink your ambitions, Landon Donovan.
Robbie Keane 5
More in the next piece.
Colin Clark 4
Not a lot of touches; only had five successful passes but otherwise used to bring in fresh legs.
Hector Jimenez NR
Pablo Mastroeni NR
Came into the game late, no rating given.