Talk about a statement victory. Bruce Arena's Los Angeles Galaxy snapped a two-game losing streak on Sunday afternoon at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. with a 2-0 shutout victory over Frank Klopas' Chicago Fire.
With the win, Los Angeles improve to 7-10-2 (23 points) and come into their road trip to the Pacific Northwest with fresh wind in their sails.
Here are the player ratings for the Los Angeles Galaxy against the Chicago Fire.
Josh Saunders: 7
Saunders was facing the firing squad but just needed to make three saves. A complete performance from the backline helped take a lot of the work off of the Galaxy netminder.
Sean Franklin: 6.5
Patrick Nyarko had difficulty getting past Sean Franklin, although he was able to generate a few chances. However, Franklin did a solid job in limiting Nyarko's production. He needs to do better in delivering those long balls.
A.J. DeLaGarza: 7
A.J. DeLaGarza had a tough nut to crack in neutralizing Dominic Oduro, but his speed was more than enough force Oduro to get subbed out on tired legs. What a workhorse.
David Junior Lopes: 6.5
Logan Pause was outhustled today by the likes of David Junior Lopes. He suffered a knock in the second half but was able to see the match off.
Todd Dunivant: 7
The Iron Man got some help from Michael Stephens today in limiting the chances for Marco Pappa and Pavel Pardo. Dunivant was just part of a Galaxy backline performance reminiscent of last year.
The slump continues for Juninho, who was boldly predicted to have a much better game today. That was never the case, as Marcelo Sarvas was forced to pick up the slack for another match.
Michael Stephens: 6.5
Michael Stephens had a much better game on Sunday. His assignment was to slow down Marco Pappa, and he did it with gusto. Also did well to take some slack off of Dunivant.
Marcelo Sarvas: 7
Just another consistent performance from Marcelo Sarvas. This is the Sarvas the Galaxy were used to seeing when he was with Alajuelense. Expect Sarvas to make another start alongside David Beckham against Portland.
Hector Jimenez: 6.5
Nothing too remarkable from Jimenez. He did try to find Robbie Keane and Chad Barrett, but needs to work on the communication with those long balls.
Robbie Keane: 7.5
Robbie Keane redeemed himself for his penalty misdeeds with a textbook conversion past Sean Johnson in the 24th minute and then faked out Johnson again on a 1-on-1 in the 78th. What more can you ask for, aside from his celebration on the second goal? A hat trick, perhaps?
Keane nearly had it in the bag in the 84th minute but elected to chew up clock instead.
Chad Barrett: 4
Off day for Chad Barrett. The finishing just hasn't worked out for him, and he had to be subbed in favor of Landon Donovan.
Landon Donovan: 8
For only playing 25 minutes and stoppage on a bum hamstring, Landon Donovan played admirably well and helped set up the hammer in the second half for Keane. Rarely do I award someone a Man of the Match for a cameo, but I am going to do it here. He's the captain for a reason.
Bryan Gaul: 6
Clean-up duty for Bryan Gaul on the back line. He did his part to take some stress off of Franklin, DeLaGarza, Lopes and Dunivant.
Bryan Jordan: 6
Nothing too remarkable from Bryan Jordan; just some solid hold-up play and creating some opportunities here and there, but nothing reputable or disreputable.