Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy finally got back on winning terms, even though they faced a very stubborn Chivas USA side that did take them out of their comfort zone. In the end, the Galaxy earned a 1-0 shutout victory and are now 7-6-3 (24 points), good enough for fourth place in the MLS Western Conference.
The result sets the stage for a massive California Clasico showdown at Stanford Stadium between the Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday. Here are the Player Ratings for the Los Angeles Galaxy against Jose Luis Real’s Chivas USA on Sunday night at the StubHub Center.
Carlo Cudicini 6
There’s another shutout for Carlo Cudicini, but he only had to make one save all game.
A.J. DeLaGarza 8
The back line was on point all game and got a good work. One of the players that did the work was A.J. DeLaGarza, who had an astounding 97 percent pass success rate, eight clearances, seven recoveries and five interceptions. That’s how you get a shutout. Best defender on the pitch for the Galaxy.
Todd Dunivant 7
A 76 percent pass success rate, nine headers, three tackles won and three recoveries. Quiet night on the left side for the Iron Man, but he did his share. Get a deduction for the yellow he earned.
Sean Franklin 7.5
An 89 percent pass success rate, six recoveries and four interceptions. Franklin was a machine on the right side for LA on Sunday.
Omar Gonzalez 7.5
Omar Gonzalez had an 86 percent pass success rate, six clearances and five recoveries. I’ve seen better from Gonzo, so this is a passable display.
Landon Donovan 8
Got the game-winning assist to go with an 80 percent pass success rate, a 40 percent cross success rate and a 60 percent dribble success rate. El Pibe, Señor Landycakes is on your trail. ¡Orale!
Robbie Rogers 5
A 73 percent pass success rate, five recoveries…and two unsuccessful dribbles to go with six unsuccessful crosses. Why did the Galaxy brains trust trade Mike Magee for this guy again?
Despite a 90 percent pass success rate, two successful crosses and five recoveries, Juninho was taken out of the equation and didn’t look too flash by the end of the night.
Marcelo Sarvas 7
An 83 percent pass success rate on 83 touches to go with seven recoveries. The Galaxy needed Sarvas to step it up because they sure missed him in the last match.
Robbie Keane 4
More on this in the next piece.
Gyasi Zardes 10
All right, Gyasi. Even though you still have a bit of a ways to go with your finishing and your ball technique, you get your first 10 rating from the View from Avalon. The next time you get this…you’re going to have to do a little bit more to earn it. Congratulations.
Pablo Mastroeni 4
Earned more minutes of playing time but didn’t do much to influence the outcome of the game.
Hector Jimenez NR
Came into the game late, no rating given.