Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy started the month of October on the right foot with a stellar 5-0 shutout win over Jose Luis Real’s Chivas USA at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Combine with the other results this weekend, the Galaxy remain fourth in the MLS Western Conference with a 14-11-6 record (48 points).
Good results call for good grades, and here is the View from Avalon’s player ratings for the Los Angeles Galaxy against Chivas USA.
Jaime Penedo 6
Quiet day for Jaime Penedo, who only had to make one save all match, as per the Opta Chalkboard. He’s going to have to make a lot more against Mexico later this month as Estadio Azteca.
Sean Franklin 7
Gets a deduction for two unsuccessful crosses but otherwise fared well with eight recoveries and a 78 percent pass success rate.
Todd Dunivant 7
Only two tackles won, four recoveries and two clearances but was solid with his passing with an 86 percent pass success rate.
Kofi Opare 8
An improved performance from Opare, who is now making a name for himself with his skills in the back. Six clearances, seven recoveries, four interceptions, and an 89 percent pass success rate. Move over, Leonardo.
Omar Gonzalez 7.5
Five clearances, four recoveries, two interceptions and an 89 percent pass success rate. Gonzalez did strain himself while taking a shot late in the first half and had to be subbed out as a precaution.
Pablo Mastroeni 7
Very involved in the midfield and will be key in the next match against Montreal, along with Marcelo Sarvas. Eight recoveries, three lay offs and an 86 percent pass success rate. If Mastroeni can have these statistics against Montreal, the Galaxy will be in good shape.
Marcelo Sarvas 7.5
87 percent pass success rate, five recoveries and three key passes. The play of Sarvas will be important when the Galaxy take on Montreal. Watch for him to have another big game.
Michael Stephens 7
Also with an 87 percent pass succees rate, but also had three unsuccessful crosses. That’s why you’re on the bench and rarely get a start, Michael Stephens. However, he should be available to start against Metapan in a CONCACAF Champions League dead rubber.
Gyasi Zardes 10
Man of the Match. We have waited months—MONTHS, readers—for this type of performance from Zardes. Two assists and a goal. Expect more from the young man who goes under the Twitter handle @gyasinho. He’s just getting start.
Robbie Keane 8.5
More in the next piece.
Landon Donovan 9
If he had passed Jeff Cunningham on Sunday, he would have earned a 10. But his two goals, especially the second, were pure class. That’s what you expect from one of the best goalscorers in Major League Soccer. Look for him to finally pass Jeff…against his former team.
Tommy Meyer 7
Brought in to relieve Omar Gonzalez. Had four clearances and an 90 percent pass success rate. Solid second half shift.
Rafael Garcia 5
Four recoveries and a 91 percent pass success rate…but only on 11 touches. Quiet day for Garcia.
Laurent Courtois 5.5
Gets a bonus for an assist to Robbie Keane late but otherwise this was mop-up duty for Courtois. At least he can now say that he played on both sides of the SuperClasico.