Perhaps Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy need to wear those throwback jerseys more often. They sure worked their magic in their 4-2 victory over Jason Kreis’s Real Salt Lake at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Well, in all honesty, it’s up to Arena and the players to make that decision. After all, they DID give up two goals. The jury is still out to lunch on this one.
Here are the player ratings for the Los Angeles Galaxy against Real Salt Lake.
Jaime Penedo 7
You win on your league debut, and you make a save as well as a punch-out, to go with routine collections. Bonus for the win, but minus points for the goals surrendered. Nonetheless, bienvenidos a Major League Soccer, Sr. Penedo.
A.J. DeLaGarza 6
73 percent pass success rate, six recoveries and two tackles won but that’s about it. Just an average night for DeLaGarza.
Todd Dunivant 6.5
Dunivant also had a 73 percent pass success rate, but also had seven recoveries, three interceptions and three clearances. He does get a minus for conceding the two corners.
Sean Franklin 8
Not often do I give super subs these high of scores, but Franklin’s entry into the match was a masterstroke. He had two assists and stretched RSL to the point of breaking. That’s a gamebreaker right there. Good shift.
Omar Gonzalez 9
This is a designated player that wants to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy for the long haul. 11 clearances. 10 recoveries. Two defender blocks, tackles won and interceptions each. And the match-winning goal. Need we say more?
News flash: a mistake-free game from Leonardo. An 84 percent pass success rate, nine clearances, six recoveries. Now the question is, will this be a habit all of a sudden?
Marcelo Sarvas 7.5
11 recoveries, two interceptions, and an 83 percent pass success rate. That’s another solid shift for Sarvas, who will be taking part in an old friend in a few days: the CONCACAF Champions League.
Hector Jimenez 5
Jimenez did not deserve the start on Saturday, and he struggled to make an impact defensively with just three recoveries. He also had three unsuccessful crosses and an unsuccessful flick-on. He wasn’t the worst player on the pitch, though.
13 recoveries, two assists to Robbie Keane and a 93 percent pass success rate. Now those are the types of contributions Juninho will have to be consigned to making: being a provider and a recovery machine. He may not score a single goal this season, but he can make plays for the big guns up top.
Gyasi Zardes 4
Gyasi. Listen, if you can’t finish…you’re a midfielder, distribute the ball to someone who can. Overconfidence is never a good thing. Being unselfish can go a long way. You’re the goat this game. Take it on the chin and own it.
Landon Donovan 8
Gets credit for the match-winning assist. He also had six key passes, nine successful crosses, and four recoveries. Donovan nearly scored in this game as well.
Robbie Keane 10
More in the next piece.
Jose Villareal NR
Michael Stephens NR
Came into the game late, no rating given.