Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy put on a pedestrian performance in their 1-0 defeat to Oscar Pareja’s Colorado Rapids. The defeat potentially places them in third place in the MLS Western Conference with a record of 13-10-4 (43 points). Edson Buddle’s 75th minute goal proved to be all the different for the Rapids, who are within one point of the Galaxy.
“We just didn’t play well tonight, not well enough to win anyway,” Arena told reporters following the match. “Give them credit they got an opportunistic goal and a great finish by Edson.”
“I don’t think either team created that many chances the entire night. I can only remember their one shot on goal was their goal,” said defender A.J. DeLaGarza. “From what I can remember we never tested their goalie to make a good save, everything was right at him and like four or five shots were blocked.”
“I thought we played well, controlled the game,” said goalkeeper Brian Rowe. “Most of the game they didn’t have very many opportunities but they were able to strip the ball and capitalize on our mistakes.”
Here are the player ratings for the Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Colorado Rapids.
Brian Rowe 3
I am putting a $50 wager here on the View from Avalon that the goal Edson Buddle scored…Jaime Penedo saves that shot. If there are any takers, sound off on the comments section. But whether or not you take the bet, read on.
A.J. DeLaGarza 4
28 successful passes against nine unsuccessful ones, three clearances and two tackles won. A quiet display from DeLaGarza.
Todd Dunivant 2
The captain gets a two for failing to mark Vicente Sanchez and allowing him to earn the game-winning assist. You’re the captain, you know better than to be a goat. Thankfully, Dunivant was not the worst player on the pitch.
Kofi Opare 1
Kofi Opare and Carlos Salcedo of Real Salt Lake must be separated at birth somehow because they are rookie defenders that got schooled by veteran strikers. Here, Opare fails to mark Edson Buddle and watches him score. That’s why you’re on the bench during league play, kid. Live and learn.
Best defender on the pitch. 83 percent pass success rate, 10 recoveries and four clearances. Could have used Omar Gonzalez’s help, though.
Sean Franklin 4
Also with an 83 percent pass success rate, but only had two interceptions and two recoveries.
86 percent pass success rate, three lay offs and six recoveries. Gets a .5 deduction for a yellow card incurred in the contest.
Marcelo Sarvas 7
Man of the match for the Galaxy. Four interceptions, six recoveries and a 78 percent pass success rate. Didn’t have the forwards to be effective on Saturday.
Gyasi Zardes 5.5
Another rough outing for the work-in-progress known as Gyasi Zardes. Six recoveries, a 66 percent pass success rate, a 33 percent cross success rate and five headers that missed the target. Some effort.
Jack McBean 5
Two shots on target, one shot off target, a blocked shot…and an inability to test Clint Irwin. Next.
Jose Villareal 4
Two shots on target, one shot off target, four key passes…and an inability to test Clint Irwin. Next.
Colin Clark 4
Charlie Rugg 4
Both brought in to add some offensive spark but were really ineffective at adding life into the match.
Hector Jimenez NR
Came into the game late, no rating given.