Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy just keep finding ways to do a disservice to the game and to themselves. They lack the type of second-half defense and clinical finishing requred of top teams and it was on display late against a team that they should be defeating on paper: Mark Watson’s San Jose Earthquakes.
The more the Galaxy continue to lose games in stoppage time like they did in their 3-2 defeat to the Quakes at Stanford Stadium, the more likely they will not even be in the MLS Cup Playoffs, let alone the MLS Cup Final. This team has issues. Big ones.
And they will be looked at here in the Player Ratings.
Carlo Cudicini 1
No explanation needed.
A.J. DeLaGarza 1
Seven clearances, three interceptions, three recoveries, but couldn’t pull it together late.
Todd Dunivant 1
Six clearances, five recoveries, and one unsuccessful cross.
Omar Gonzalez 2
Get a bonus for 15 clearances, but it’s mere consolation.
Sean Franklin 1.5
Seven clearances and eight recoveries, but he conceded four corners.
Landon Donovan 5
10 lay offs, five key passes and two assists. The biggest crime Jurgen Klinsmann committed this month was to not put Alan Gordon or Shea Salinas on the team instead of Donovan.
Marcelo Sarvas 4
Gets a bonus for a goal and eight assists.
Taken out of the equation despite seven recoveries.
Robbie Rogers 1
You can’t finish if your life depended on it, Robbie Rogers. Deal with it.
Robbie Keane 4
More on the next piece…
Gyasi Zardes 3Upload/Insert
Still a work in progress. Had space, but has not arrived. Not the main issue here, though.
Hector Jimenez 4
Receives a bonus for actually finishing off the bench.
Pablo Mastroeni 1
This veteran shouldn’t be playing anymore. The game has left him. What’s the point?
Jack McBean NR
Came into the game late, no rating given.