Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers: Rating the Galaxy Players

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Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers: Rating the Galaxy Players
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Where has this been, everybody? It's a victory for Bruce Arena's Los Angeles Galaxy, who left it late and ran it up on the Portland Timbers 3-1 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

A solid victory means good player ratings. So, here they are.

 

Josh Saunders 7

Only had to make two saves all contest, but he made them count when it mattered most, and he also made his routine collections. The goal suffered by Chicken Thief Kris Boyd was unfortunate, as replays show he was possibly offsides.

Saunders nearly gave up two more goals to Portland, but aside from that, it was smooth sailing.

 

Sean Franklin 7.5

This was the first time in a while that I actually saw Sean Franklin test Troy Perkins with a couple of strikes. You can see from the look in his face that he, like the rest of the team, were simply sick and tired of their lack of form.

Sometimes that can cause you to play up to the level you are capable of, and Franklin's mojo returned with a vengeance. This was a nice effort defensively from Franklin, and it could have been even better.

 

David Junior Lopes 8.5

Ladies and gentlemen, here is your Man of the Match. Welcome to the Galaxy, David Lopes. An admirable effort, teaming up with rookie Tommy Meyer in central defense. I think the defensive dilemma is solved, but more evidence will need to come next week against Colorado.

Highlights.

Never mind that Lopes has a cannon of a foot and really could have made a statement with his first goal in a Galaxy uniform. Outstanding debut. There's more to come from No. 3, as we will see.

 

Tommy Meyer 8

Lopes and Meyer didn't have a perfect performance in the back, but they limited the damage the Timbers could have laid on the Galaxy. Workmanlike effort. The rookie earned his bread tonight.

 

Todd Dunivant 7.5

Just another part in the first solid defensive performance of the year since the D.C. match. The best in their profession kick at the darkness until they bleed daylight, and the Iron Man pulled through, along with the rest of the back line.

Dunivant, Meyer, Lopes, Franklin and Saunders had some nice sequences, which contributed to their dominance of ball possession.

 

Landon Donovan 8

A goal and an assist. That's perhaps the bare minimum criteria from a captain-worthy performance from Landon Donovan.

Finished with authority in the 44th minute to open his scoring account, and then late in the match, he found David Beckham to help him open his scoring account.

Well-rounded effort. No explanation necessary.

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Juninho 7

For the most part, Juninho didn't have a great game, primarily due to his efforts in the first half. However, he can finish when he picks his spot, and his goal in the 83rd minute put LA ahead for good.

That goal evoked shades of last year. Maybe this is a sign that the Brazilian from Sao Paulo is back on the comeback trail.

 

David Beckham 8

Although the set-piece slot machine didn't pay well, David Beckham made up for it with a strike in the 91st minute that was quintessential of the No. 23. Even the Portland announcers were impressed by the hammer that was laid down in stoppage time.

Other than that, Beckham dictated the flow of the game well and was instrumental in determining the outcome of this match.

 

Mike Magee 7

Magee had it tough against Portland. He was challenged physically by the Timbers back line and had to be subbed late by Pat Noonan. He needs to be able to finish his chances he gets, too. Wasn't the worst in terms of finishing, though. Read on.

 

Robbie Keane 7.5

Keane didn't score on Saturday night, much to my chagrin, but he did get an assist to Landon Donovan in the 44th minute. A workmanlike effort from Keane, no questions asked.

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Chad Barrett 6

Tactically, it was the same scenario as with D.C. United. Start Chad Barrett, then bring in Edson Buddle late. Barrett does not get a good rating for one reason only: he can't finish, period.

Barrett's going to have to find his scoring form if he wants to remain in the starting XI...unless Bruce Arena will go with this tactic next week against the Colorado Rapids.

 

Edson Buddle 5.5

Buddle didn't do much to change the outcome of the game, but tactically, it worked out for Bruce Arena. Still, both Buddle and Barrett need to figure out how to get one in, or they will be consigned to splitting up minutes per match.

 

Pat Noonan NR

Noonan came into the match late, therefore he receives no rating. Free pass.

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