Sep 14, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; D.C. United midfielder Kyle Porter (19) celebrates with midfielder Lewis Neal (24) after scoring a goal against the Los Angeles Galaxy during the second half at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial. Mandatory Credit: Paul Frederiksen-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Galaxy vs D.C. United: Rating the Galaxy Players


Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy delivered one of their worst performances of the year: a 2-2 draw with Ben Olsen’s D.C. United that was forgettable, to say the least. This will no doubt hurt LA’s Supporters Shield chances and this is a major hit on the Galaxy’s playoff aspirations, especially with a gauntlet of matches coming up next week.

Here are the player ratings for the Los Angeles Galaxy following their 2-2 draw with D.C. United.

Jaime Penedo 5

Gets credit for six saves as per the Opta Chalkboard but there is only so much he can do when the offense and defense are this stagnant.

A.J. DeLaGarza NR

Got injured just 10 minutes into the contest and didn’t make much of an impact in the contest. If he is out of commission for a month, the Galaxy are in trouble.

Todd Dunivant 5

31 successful passes against 16 unsuccessful ones, seven clearances and three tackles won.

Sean Franklin 5

25 successful passes against 15 unsuccessful passes, four clearances, three recoveries and two interceptions.

Omar Gonzalez 1

Earns a 1 for costing the Galaxy the lead in the first half on a rookie-quality mistake. Forget about the 10 recoveries and nine clearances. The failure to mark Chris Pontius outweighs Gonzalez’s efforts on the Opta Chalkboard.

Leonardo 3

Sep 14, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo (18) saves the ball away from D.C. United midfielder Dwayne De Rosario (7) during the second half at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial. Mandatory Credit: Paul Frederiksen-USA TODAY Sports

A failure to mark Kyle Porter late in the second half plus an inability to bail our Omar Gonzalez adds to Leonardo soft grade in spite of eight clerances and six recoveries.

Marcelo Sarvas 6

Nine recoveries, 36 successful passes against 13 unsuccessful, and three tackles won. A decent effort from Sarvas in spite of the draw.

Hector Jimenez 5

Five recoveries and a 65 percent pass success rate on 20 touches. Plain vanilla effort from Jimenez on Saturday.

Juninho 5.5

10 recoveries, four tackles won and 38 successful passes against six unsuccessful passes. Like Sarvas, this was a passable effort against the league’s worst team.

Gyasi Zardes 1

True regression of form. Poor decision-making and poor play against D.C. United. The problem here is that Zardes won’t get benched any time soon with Robbie Rogers still out due to injury.

Landon Donovan 5

Gets a bonus for an assist to Robbie Keane early in the contest but was out at halftime due to a sore ankle. This could be a massive problem coming into next week.

Robbie Keane 6.5

More in the next piece.

Jose Villareal 4

Three recoveries and 10 successful passes against three unsuccessful passes. Not a lot of contributions from Villareal in this contest.

Michael Stephens 6

Stephens’s goal in the 81st minute would have been the game winner. But LA’s defense played their typical style three minutes later, preventing Stephens’s grade from being higher up.

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