Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy get a much-needed break after rolling past the Seattle Sounders in one of their most complete performances of the season: 4-0 at the Home Depot Center in a contest that saw the visitors play down to 10 men. This is a performance the team is sure to be proud of. Let’s take a look at the player ratings for the Los Angeles Galaxy vs. the Seattle Sounders on Sunday night.
May 26, 2013; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Marcelo Sarvas (8) meets with young fans following the 4-0 victory against the Seattle Sounders at Home Depot Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Carlo Cudicini 6
Not a lot of work need from Cudicini, but this is a massive upgrade from the last game. Still don’t understand why Arena is forcing himself to put Cudi in at goal. Rowe’s available, you know.
A.J. DeLaGarza 7
86 percent pass success rate, five clearances and five recoveries, according to the Opta Chalkboard. DeLaGarza did just enough to help the cause.
Omar Gonzalez 8
Six interceptions, five clearances and eight recoveries to go with a 74 percent pass success rate. Gonzalez is ready to deliver for the USA in international action.
Greg Cochrane 7
Three interceptions and clearances each, six recoveries and a 73 percent pass success rate. The only minus are the five unsuccessful crosses. Cochrane needs to work on that.
Sean Franklin 7.5
Gets a bonus for opening up the scoring. Frankling also had five recoveries, two interceptions and clearances each, and an impressive 91 percent pass success rate. Solid performance from LA’s No. 5
Landon Donovan 7
May 26, 2013; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy forward Robbie Keane (7) is greeted by head coach Bruce Arena during the second half at Home Depot Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
His set pieces weren’t clicking, and he only had a 29 percent cross success rate to go with a 52 percent pass success rate. Donovan has to work on his set pieces because this is preventing him from getting the nod in international play.
An 81 percent pass success rate, three interceptions and seven recoveries. Juninho’s presence in the midfield kept LA in this one and his important was stressed. As Juninho goes, so do the Galaxy, and he did his share to help the cause.
Marcelo Sarvas 9
This is Shalrie Joseph’s living nightmare come true, right here. He has the type of speed to burn opponents. 10 recoveries, seven interceptions, and a 82 percent pass success rate to go with an assist on the Sean Franklin goal. Sarvas also won three fouls and had two successful dribbles. One of his best outings yet.
Michael Stephens 7
Seven recoveries, three tackles won and a 79 percent pass success rate. Expect Stephens to factor into the mix this Wednesday at WakeMed Soccer Park in U.S. Open Cup play against the Carolina RailHawks.
Robbie Keane 10
May 26, 2013; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Robbie Rogers (14) speaks to media following his debut with the Galaxy against the Seattle Sounders at Home Depot Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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Gyasi Zardes 8.5
Zardes didn’t get any goals, but he generated a lot of space and even tested Michael Gspurning. He gets a deduction for being a bit too cocky, but that’s natural for a confident youngster like Gyasi.
Jose Villareal 4
Only two recoveries and a 66 percent pass success rate on six touches. Not much work needed to be done, since the outcome was pretty much set in stone by the time he arrived.
Robbie Rogers 5
Not a lot of touches to warrant any grade other than a five as a “welcome-back” present. If Rogers starts against the Carolina RailHawks, we may have a better idea of how good this midfielder really is.
Hector Jimenez NR
Came into the game late, no rating given.