Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers: Rating the Galaxy Players
Los Angeles' star power, combined with clutch defending late, proved to be too much for Portland to overcome as the Galaxy not only exorcised the demons from their first-ever league game at Jeld-Wen last season but swept the Timbers this season.
But in spite of the victory, not everyone on the Galaxy is going to have good player ratings, as we will see in this piece.
Josh Saunders: 3
I am giving Josh Saunders bonus points for making seven saves in the contest, but the first Kris Boyd goal and the goal by Kosuke Kimura are his undoing. Those were chances that were saveable, and he didn't have a lot of confidence heading into this match.
You can't use a bad playing surface as an excuse for Saunders not bringing his A-game as a goalkeeper. The best netminders in MLS are solid on any playing surface. This was not a good night for Josh Saunders.
Sean Franklin: 7
Sean Franklin was responsible for Robbie Keane's second goal and did all he could to hold the Timbers offense in check.
A.J. DeLaGarza: 7.5
A.J. DeLaGarza made a clutch stop on the end line in the second half and really bailed Saunders out of some poor clearance attempts. Historically, DeLaGarza has been one of the more reliable defenders in the back. He got the job done on Saturday.
Todd Dunivant: 6
Another day, another good game for the Iron Man. Todd Dunivant wasn't responsible for any goals scored by Portland and helped clear away some set-piece opportunities by the Timbers.
David Junior Lopes: 1
Goat of the match. The day Omar Gonzalez is healthy enough to start and play an entire match is the day David Junior Lopes stays on the bench for the rest of the season. And it will be a glorious day worth going to church for...if you're a Galaxy fan.
Hector Jimenez: 6
Hector Jimenez nearly got a goal of his own in the first half, but the miss really affected his psyche. He needs to pick himself up and get on with it. You never let those types of blown opportunities get the better of you. As a result, he was subbed in for Bryan Jordan.
Michael Stephens: 6.5
Like Hector Jimenez, Michael Stephens had a close call and could have been on the scoresheet as well. The number of chances L.A. wasted this match would have made this a 7-3 game at the minimum, maybe 8-3.
David Beckham: 9
Man of the match. A 35-yard Goal of the Week/Year nominee combined with a well-hit set piece and an assist made for a huge day. A shame that David Beckham had to be subbed out of the game due to knock as a precaution, but otherwise, this was his best performance of the year.
Marcelo Sarvas: 6.5
The unsung hero of this match, Marcelo Sarvas wasn't impressive in the midfield, but he is no Juninho. You can expect Sarvas to be a fixture in the next match with the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Landon Donovan: 7.5
A penalty conversion and an assist to Robbie Keane were Landon Donovan's contributions to the match. Donovan could have recorded a brace, but it was not meant to be. Still, that didn't take away from what was a good night up top.
Robbie Keane: 8
When Robbie Keane is able to have space to work with inside the box, it's generally game over if you're Timbers goalkeeper Troy Perkins. Keane is on a hot streak in terms of goalscoring, and it was his brace that proved to be the winning margin for the Galaxy.
Bryan Jordan: 6
Decent hold-up play from Bryan Jordan in relief of Michael Stephens. He was also involved in the sequence that resulted in Keane's second goal.
Bryan Gaul: 5
Came into the game for Beckham and was reduced to mop-up duty in the midfield.
Jose Villarreal: 5
Normally, in this instance, Jose Villarreal would get an NR grade because he came in so late. But since this was his debut, he gets a passing grade for being a part of the match. Later on, the NR grade will take effect if he comes in late in another contest.
Welcome to Major League Soccer, Jose.
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