Los Angeles Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes: Rating the Galaxy Players
Big offenses were more than offset by no defense whatsoever, in any shape or form, as Bruce Arena's Los Angeles Galaxy lost a 4-3 barnburner to Frank Yallop's San Jose Earthquakes at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, Calif.
With the loss, the Galaxy can kiss their three-game win streak goodbye as they drop to an abysmal 6-9-2 (20 points).
You probably have an idea of what these ratings are going to be for the players, so there should be no surprises here. But let's have at it.
Josh Saunders 3
What a horrid night for Josh Saunders, who was facing the Black and Blue Firing Squad of the Earthquakes. Saunders was forced to make four saves as the defensive back line (which I will get to in a moment) failed to bail him out.
Four saves are not going to be enough against a team as talented as San Jose. At least Saunders didn't do enough to get himself sent off, like the last meeting at Buck Shaw.
Sean Franklin 3
Bad touch, too many giveaways. Not sure if Sean Franklin wanted to bother competing in this match. It did not look like it tonight.
A.J. DeLaGarza 3
This was one of the few times A.J. DeLaGarza had an inconsistent game this season. Not very good set piece defending from DeLaGarza, and that was costly.
Todd Dunivant 3.5
Another defender that could have done more to stop the bleeding in the second half for Los Angeles.
David Junior Lopes 3.5
Tough night at the office for David Junior Lopes. He wasn't the worst person on the back line for Los Angeles, though, despite earning a yellow.
Hector Jimenez 6.5
The kid with upswing had some good runs and did challenge San Jose's defense. With time, he will be a fixture in the midfield for Los Angeles.
In spite of scoring a goal in this contest, David Beckham showed why he was not fit to be on Team Great Britain after all. A lack of composure late combined with some verbal spats afterwards made this a rather embarrassing night for Beckham. He deserved the suspension he will get against the Philadelphia Union.
Ladies and gentlemen, here is your Goat of the Match. Responsible for the Chris Wondolowski equalizer by letting Sam Cronin take advantage of a giveaway. Nothing more really needs to be said. Oh yes, I will add that he also got cautioned.
Mike Magee 5
Was responsible for setting up the Landon Donovan goal but didn't really do enough to help the team. And no, having him as a goalkeeper wouldn't have helped L.A.'s cause this match, especially with a certain man not in the lineup. (Hint: the handle of the man's name is Gonzilla, if I'm not mistaken...)
Robbie Keane 4
This is an Irishman with issues. Robbie Keane did not have the type of concentration that is required to win against teams like San Jose. A member of the Los Angeles Blues (i.e. Bright Dike, even though he is technically a Portland Timber on loan) has a better first touch, better passing and a killer instinct to back it all up.
Keane had none of that, and his poor performance affected the outcome of this match, although he wasn't the main culprit on Saturday night.
Landon Donovan 7
The Man of the Match on this end. Had a goal and was an enforcer for a good deal of the contest. Donovan could only do so much, though.
Chad Barrett 3
Barrett never really made an impact in this match. As always, his finishing was horrid. So what else is new?
Bryan Gaul NR
Marcelo Sarvas NR
Came into the game late, no rating given.
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