Club Sport Cartagines midfielder Paolo Cardozo saluted the crowd and gave handshakes and highfives to the Los Angeles Galaxy fans after Bruce Arena’s Galaxy shut out Los Azules, 2-0, at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. in CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage play. Perhaps he should have started this match against the club that gave him his first big break because he came off the bench.
If he did, maybe Los Azules would have been better prepared against a Galaxy side that was all busines when all the big guns were on the pitch. It was a dominating effort on a slightly muggy Tuesday night at Victoria Street.
Here are the player ratings for the Los Angeles Galaxy against Club Sport Cartagines on Tuesday.
Jaime Penedo 6
Not a lot of work from Jaime Penedo on Tuesday. Only one save had to be made, according to the Opta Chalkboard. That comes from the backline getting the job done.
Todd Dunivant 7.5
Eight recoveries, six interceptions, five clearances, and a 75 percent pass success rate. Does get a deduction for three unsuccessful crosses.
Sean Franklin 7
An 83 pass success rate on 81 touches, eight recoveries and a successful flick-on. Needs to work on his crossing, though.
Omar Gonzalez 7.5
Seven clearances, nine recoveries, five lay offs, seven headers and a 90 percent pass success rate. Gets a bit of a deduction for not finishing his headers, but otherwise this what you can expect from the Galaxy’s newest Designated Player.
Kofi Opare 8
You talk about a breakthrough performance, and you have to talk about Kofi Opare. If Gonzalez misses his marker, Opare is there to dispossess. His defender block preserved the shutout, and he also had a 90 percent pass success rate. He get a deduction for a yellow, but other than that…Leonardo, you are on notice.
Robbie Rogers 4
Goat of the match. Ineffective defensively and had an abysmal 61 percent pass success rate on 18 touches. I’m not sure that he will be in a Galaxy uniform next year if he keeps up with his poor form.
Pablo Mastroeni 7
Even old veterans like Pablo Mastroeni are able to school Central America’s top teams on any given say. For example, he had a 93 percent pass success rate on 58 touches. He also had six lay offs and eight recoveries. Not too bad, old-timer. Will he do it again against A.D. Isidro Metapan? Stay tuned on the View…
Marcelo Sarvas 7.5
Nine recoveries, four interceptions, four lay offs and a 91 percent pass success rate on 68 touches. This is a player that’s playing like he’s been there before because, believe it or not…he has. A solid shift from Sarvas.
Michael Stephens 6
Stephens may have been the weakest link in the midfield on Tuesday night. He had four recoveries, two unsuccessful crosses, two unsuccessful flick-ons and a 69 percent pass success rate. After 83 minutes, he was subbed out for Hector Jimenez due to fatigue.
Jose Villareal 5
Had one shot on target that was blocked, two recoveries, a 33 percent cross success rate, a 40 percent flick on success rate and a 60 percent pass success rate on 25 touches. After 61 minutes, he had to be subbed out for…this guy.
Landon Donovan 9
He will get the same score as Robbie Keane in this one, but he earns Man of the Match for this one reason: he single-handedly changed the dynamics of the game. Now, Los Azules were forced to pay attention to Gonzalez, Keane, and Donovan. They couldn’t find an answer for Major League Soccer’s career assists leader, who dished out two solid through balls to…this guy.
Robbie Keane 9
More in the next piece.
Hector Jimenez NR
Came into the game late. No rating given.