Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders: Rating the Galaxy Players

In what was essentially a training game leading up to the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs, Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy played to a 1-1 draw with Sigi Schmid’s Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. The Galaxy end the regular season with a record of 15-11-8 (53 points), extending the Sounders’ winless streak.

Oct 27, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Michael Stephens (26) losses possession to Seattle Sounders midfielder Osvaldo Alonso (6) during the first half at CenturyLink Field. Seattle Sounders midfielder Brad Evans (3) is at left. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

With the draw, preparations will begin for their conference semifinal series with Real Salt Lake in November. As for the Sounders, they will host the Colorado Rapids in the play-in game at CenturyLink. Here are the player ratings for the Los Angeles Galaxy against the Seattle Sounders.

Jaime Penedo 5.5

Three saves, according to the Opta Chalkboard, but should have done better to prevent the Clint Dempsey goal.

Kofi Opare 7

15 clearances, three recoveries, and a 94 percent pass success rate of 17 touches. Opares gets a deduction for conceding four corners, though.

Sean Franklin 6

Five clearances, three recoveries and a 74 percent pass success rate. Earns a deduction for two unsuccessful crosses.

Omar Gonzalez 7

Eight clearances, five recoveries, four interceptions and would have made the clearance on the Dempsey goal if Penedo hadn’t been in the way.

Greg Cochrane 6

Made some mistakes and was called out by Robbie Keane for his bad decision-making but otherwise acquit himself with eight recoveries, four blocked crosses, three clearances and a 75 percent pass success rate.

Robbie Rogers 5

Oct 27, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Robbie Rogers (14) slide tackles Seattle Sounders defender Marc Burch (8) during the 1st half at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Two recoveries, three clearances, and a 60 percent pass success rate. In the end, the trade for Robbie Rogers resulted in neither team benefitting. Mike Magee couldn’t lead the Chicago Fire to the playoffs, and Rogers hasn’t been able to do much for LA. That’s called detente, comrade.

Marcelo Sarvas 7

Five clearances, eight recoveries, four interceptions and an 83 percent pass success rate on 58 touches.

Michael Stephens 5.5

Didn’t impress much with his play. Only two recoveries, just one clearance and a 64 percent pass success rate on 36 touches.

Gyasi Zardes 7

Good shift from Gyasi, with six recoveries and some good dual battles with DeAndre Yedlin. Those two players are part of the future of MLS. Zardes had a 75 percent pass success rate on 32 touches.

Landon Donovan 6

Oct 27, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan (10) dribbles upfield against the Seattle Sounders during the first half at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The record will have to wait until next season. In the meantime, Donovan did not have a good game, with six unsuccessful crosses, five recoveries, two interceptions and two tackles won to go with a 70 percent pass success rate. He won’t have much time to recover, with Real Salt Lake up next at StubHub Center.

Robbie Keane 8

More in the next piece.

Hector Jimenez 6

Get a bonus for the game-tying assist as well as three key passes but otherwise was brought it for fresh legs.

Jose Villareal NR

Came into the game late. No rating given.

Topics: Los Angeles Galaxy, Major League Soccer, Mls, Player Ratings, Seattle Sounders

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