This has been a tough April for Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy, and despite only holding Victor Vucinich’s Club de Futbol Monterrey to a 1-0 victory at Estadio Tecnologico in Monterrey, Mexico, the lack of form from the Galaxy side is a reason why they will have it tough to win league hardware this year.
Apr 3, 2013; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan (10) during the second half of the game against Monterrey at The Home Depot Center. Monterrey won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Add the fact that they have not used up all three of their DP slots, and you have an above-average side that is in dire need of stepping its game up against legit opposition like the defending CONCACAF Champions League champions with better talent and a better mentality. Without further ago, here are the player ratings for the Los Angeles Galaxy against CF Monterrey in the second leg of the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League semifinals.
Carlo Cudicini 6.5
Four saves and a collection marked another good outing that was spoiled by a strike from Aldo De Nigris late in the second half.
A.J. DeLaGarza 3
A horrid 57 percent pass success rate and four unsuccesful crosses combined with a failure to mark De Nigris in the 81st minute doomed DeLaGarza. He only won three tackles and had just three clearance.
Decent performance from Leonardo, who had a 75 percent pass success rate to go with six interceptions and nine clearances. Leo did concede a couple of corners, which the View from Avalon will give a deduction for.
Todd Dunivant 5
Dunivant had a 74 percent pass success rate but only had four interceptions and recoveries each. A quiet night in Mexico.
Omar Gonzalez 7
Apr 10, 2013; Monterrey, MEXICO; Los Angeles Galaxy player Michael Stephens battles for the ball with Monterrey player Neri Cardozo during the match at Estadio Tecnologico. Mandatory Credit: Miguel Sierra/EFE via USA TODAY Sports
Best player on the pitch once again for the Los Angeles Galaxy. In spite of a 67 percent pass success rate, 11 interceptions and recoveries each to go with nine clearances is par for the course. Look for Gonzalez to rack up the stats in his own homecoming this Saturday at FC Dallas Stadium.
Sean Franklin 5
Franklin only a 65 percent pass success rate to go with three unsuccessful crosses, but did have five recoveries and four lay offs.
This time, Juninho was able to go the full 90. He had an 83 percent pass success rate to go with five interceptions and 11 recoveries. The young Brazilian kept the result close for a majority of the contest.
Michael Stephens 4.5
Only a 71 percent pass success rate and only six recoveries. This was a quiet night for Michael Stephens, who was one of the players on the Galaxy outfit that was outclassed by the likes of Neri Cardozo, Cesar Delgado, Jesus Zavala and Walter Ayovi in the midfield.
Marcelo Sarvas 6.5
Omar Gonzalez, Juninho and Marcelo Sarvas were the three best players on the ground for LA. In particular, Sarvas had a solid pass success rate: 90 percent, to go with six interceptions and 10 recoveries.
Robbie Keane 4
Apr 10, 2013; Monterrey, MEXICO; Los Angeles Galaxy player Sean Franklin chases Monterrey player Darvin Chavez during the match at Estadio Tecnologico. Mandatory Credit: Miguel Sierra/EFE via USA TODAY Sports
More on this in the next piece.
Landon Donovan 5
Landon Donovan, as far as I’m concerned, is five or six matches away from approaching full fitness. This two-legged aggregate with Monterrey was essentially part of his extended preseason, as seen by his 30 percent cross success rate and his 65 percent pass success rate. His preseason continues this Saturday against Dallas.
Mike Magee 5
Only a 66 percent pass success rate, two recoveries and an interception. Otherwise, Magee couldn’t do much to help his cause off the bench.
Jose Villareal 5
Three recoveries and an 82 percent pass success rate on 11 touches in 21 minutes of action. All a learning experience for this young up-and-comer.
Jack McBean NR
Came into the game late, no rating given despite earning the only yellow card of the contest.