Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Colorado Rapids: Rating the Galaxy Players
Bruce Arena's Los Angeles Galaxy were forced to withstand a late and furious comeback from Omar Cummings and the Colorado Rapids en route to a 2-1 victory at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.
With the victory, Los Angeles even their record at 3-3 (nine points) and sit in the middle of the MLS Western Conference standings heading into next week's tilt with FC Dallas.
Every result deserves player ratings, be it positive or not. Here are my player ratings for the Los Angeles Galaxy players following their 2-1 victory.
Josh Saunders: 8.5
He is the man of the match for the penalty-kick save on Omar Cummings in the first minute of stoppage time. Aside from the goal given up in the 63rd minute to Cummings, Saunders was a workhorse in goal, making collections and playing up to his 2011 form.
Sean Franklin: 5.5
Didn't have the speed to acquit himself tonight and was beaten off the ball badly, leading to the Cummings goal. He may be the weakest link in the back line heading into next week, stay tuned.
A.J. DeLaGarza: 8
It feels great to be back. Back to full health, DeLaGarza's speed helped make some last-ditch tackles and helped win the night defensively, along with Saunders.
Todd Dunivant: 7
It was a quiet night for Dunivant, but he did the work, and his stamina was a big plus. It does help knowing that you're from Colorado, as well, so the altitude was not an issue.
David Junior Lopes: 7
An average night for Lopes. Not great, but not bad. Lopes has mobility issues and also needs to make better decisions to help coordinate with the back line. He gets pluses for speed and strength, but a minus for lack of football savvy. If Lopes can improve on the brains aspect of his game, you can expect higher ratings later this year.
Mike Magee: 8
Good chips and open-play crosses, as well as well-timed runs. Magee needs to work on his finishing. A would-be goal to his credit in the first half was ruled as an own goal, but he did have a chance in the last 20 minutes of regulation to head one in without Colorado's assistance.
He frustrated the Rapids midfield and was in to help create some promising sequences. No explanation necessary for a good performance from this Brazilian out of Sao Paulo.
In spite of suffering a knock, Beckham has great stamina and was able to see the game out. Typical of someone looking to make the final cut and try his once-in-a-lifetime luck in London. Also, some of the deliveries Beckham made were slot-machine worthy. Let's see some more sequence-building, eh Becks?
Robbie Keane: 6.5
Welcome to playing a mile above sea level, Robbie Keane. Keane struggled to cope with playing at a high altitude, and was also trying a little too much to frustrate the Rapids. Someone needs to remind Keane that he is not from Sao Paulo or Rio, but from Dublin, and that he should play the game as such.
Edson Buddle: 7
Buddle was struggling to find his rhythm offensively, but he was able to hold up the play, force fouls and Buddle was instrumental on the Donovan goal. More runs needs to be made, and he needs to play up to the style of football that the rest of the team has established this year.
He was the best player in the attack, and had a goal to his credit. The captain of his team with the eventual decider.
Chad Barrett: 5
He needed to chase the players a bit more; the energy and his attempts to win his battles for the ball were not helping him change the dynamics of the game.
Pat Noonan NR
Michael Stephens NR
Both Noonan and Stephens came in late; no grade is given.
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