Bruce Arena's Los Angeles Galaxy are not getting the job done this year. They simply don't have the fire to win games. There were no fireworks in LA's 2-1 defeat to the Philadelphia Union—just poor finishing, errant passing and a bunch of frustrated players who are left searching for answers heading into their next road trip.
Given that this was the Union they faced, you should not be surprised at how harsh these ratings are going to be. Well, I just gave it away right there. Here we go.
Josh Saunders: 4
He didn't make a lot of saves, but he didn't make enough of them, either. Saunders isn't the man I'm calling out defensively for this match, though. There are two of them, as you will see in these ratings.
A.J. DeLaGarza: 5.5
He could only do so much to help the team defensively. DeLaGarza had a decent match all around but couldn't get any help in the extra-time segments of the match.
Omar Gonzalez: 7
Man of the Match. Not very often do I give someone a Man of the Match Award for playing just one half of football before being subbed out. But given that this was Omar Gonzalez's official return from injury, he did an admirable job in the back line. Start the countdown to the day we get the old back line of Sean Franklin, Gonzalez, DeLaGarza and Todd Dunivant for a full 90.
David Junior Lopes: 2
Ouch. Lopes was responsible for surrendering the Jack McInerney goal that squeezed inside the far post. It was a mistake that changed the dynamics of the match irreversibly.
Todd Dunivant: 5
It was an average performance from the Iron Man. He played well in the back and was not responsible for any goals scored by the opposition. Sometimes a quiet night is a good night.
Hector Jimenez: 5
The kid has a huge upswing but needs to improve on his speed to collect those long balls.
Goat of the Match. My guess here is that his snub by Sao Paulo and the staff's decision to loan him back to the Galaxy proved to be devastating mentally for Juninho. The young Brazilian has to realize that you can't let decisions that are out of your control get the better of you. I don't care if you felt shafted by your parent club; you are here to produce and do your job in the midfield. No exceptions.
If Juninho keeps performing like this, the Galaxy are not going to go to the postseason. Period. Writing's on the wall, Juni. Read it before it gets erased.
Marcelo Sarvas: 5.5
Sarvas was rewarded after coming of the bench by getting a full 90. Admirable work ethic.
Mike Magee: 5.5
Just another day at the office for Mike Magee, who is really communicating well as an outlet for Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane. The match could have used a goal or two from him, to be honest.
Landon Donovan: 4
As a forward, it's not a decent game when you don't create chances and you don't have a shot on goal. Just a miserable, miserable outing for the captain.
Robbie Keane: 5
I am going to give Keane the benefit of the doubt because he did create chances, but he should realize that a certain Frank Lampard, a certain Maurice Edu and a certain Jermaine Jones were also in attendance. This means he could be replaced in terms of finishing if Donovan or David Beckham isn't the one.
Keane needed to find his stroke in the first half, and it was pretty understandable why he bolted from the press conference following the game.
Sean Franklin: 4
I wanted to give Franklin a lower grade since he was responsible for surrendering the Michael Farfan game-winner, but he did make sure stops on defense to make the rating a little bit more respectable.
Chad Barrett: 5
Wow. Chad Barrett can actually score? Has the world ended? Oh, the Galaxy lost. False alarm. Anyway, Barrett and Keane teamed up magnificently on that temporary game-winner, and it's a shame he couldn't score more because he's Chad Barrett and he was built to finish like Chad Barrett.
Like Robbie Keane, I am giving him the benefit of the doubt and issuing a passing grade. Which is a rarity because, once again, he's only Chad Barrett.
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