Well, readers on the View from Avalon and the FanSided Network, that was not the best way to head into the postseason, but Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy will take it. On Fan Appreciation Night at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., the Galaxy played to a scoreless draw with the San Jose Earthquakes and left them dead and gone heading into next weekend.
A draw yields average results, but for this Galaxy team, they are in some poor form heading into the next couple of matches this week. Here are the player ratings for the Los Angeles Galaxy against the San Jose Earthquakes.
Jaime Penedo 10
Now THAT is how you bounce back, Jimmy P. Forget what happened to your national team, it’s over. You get your you-know-what to work; you make four saves; you make five collections; and you get a punchout according to the Opta Chalkboard and what happens? You get over it and earn the Man of the Match from the View. Well done.
Omar Gonzalez 8
I’m going to be honest with you here: I think Herbalife’s products screwed Omar Gonzalez here because in the second half he was cramping and had to be subbed for Leonardo. Other than that this was just another good shift from Gonzo with six clearances, eight recoveries and four interceptions. He will need to be healthy heading into what is essentially a MLS Cup Playoffs tuneup match with Seattle.
Sean Franklin 7
Franklin had eight recoveries, two interceptions, two clearances and a 76 percent pass success rate on 62 touches. Nothing too special from Franklin.
Greg Cochrane 7
Cochrane was hanging on for dear life against a desperate San Jose team. He had five tackles won, four clearances and three recoveries but had a 74 percent pass success rate on just 39 touches.
Kofi Opare 8
Expect Kofi Opare to start against Metapan, if Arena doesn’t go to Tommy Meyer. Five clearances, four recoveries, a trio of key defender blocks and an 80 percent pass success rate. Good stuff, rookie.
Even though Juninho had a 91 percent pass success rate on 66 touches combined with five clearances and four recoveries, that was not a good shift for the Brazilian. If he starts against Seattle, raise the red flag, viewers.
Marcelo Sarvas 7.5
88 percent pass success rate, four recoveries and two clearances. Gets a bonus for being named L.A. Riot Squad Player of the Year. Look for him to be on the bench against Metapan.
Michael Stephens 6
Seven recoveries and a 73 percent pass success rate. Average night for Stephens against San Jose, but it should be a different case in the midweek match in Metapan, El Salvador.
Gyasi Zardes 6.5
Nine recoveries, 78 percent pass success rate and a 40 percent cross success rate. However, young Gyasinho, there comes a time where you don’t have to defer to Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane. Make your own choices and take things on yourself. You’re a man, man; play like a man. Man.
Robbie Keane 5
More in the next piece.
Landon Donovan 5
The ankle is still bothering Landon Donovan. It doesn’t look like he will pass Jeff Cunningham this year for goals unless Bruce Arena decides to throw him in there this weekend against Seattle. Stay tuned.
Robbie Rogers 4
70 percent pass rate on 10 touches equals a quiet return to the pitch for Robbie Rogers, who is turning out to be a mere bust compared to Mike Magee at the Chicago Fire.
Did well enough to hold the fort down late but will get the nod this week against Isidro Metapan in CONCACAF Champions League play.