Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: Rating the Galaxy Players
After 80 minutes had passed, a miraculous rally combined with some clutch defending late in the game preserved a 2-2 draw for LA on the road.
In any draw, there will be good ratings, and there will be bad ratings. Here are my player ratings for the Los Angeles Galaxy players who took to the pitch on Wednesday night.
Josh Saunders 5
Made four saves but could have been better off making just a few more in the first half. Average night for Saunders, only because it ended up as a draw.
Sean Franklin 4
Was part of a backline that had a horrid first half of football. He is not responsible for the mistakes that led to Vancouver's goals, but I am tarring him with the same brush. A few strokes, and...done.
A.J. DeLaGarza 3
Culpable after failing to turn aside the Barry Robson goal in the 27th minute of play. A rare act of inconsistency from DeLaGarza. Question is, will this be a habit?
Todd Dunivant 3
Couldn't play the entire match due to an injury 31 minutes in. You have to be match fit against any team to get some sympathy from this columnist. No excuses. Dunivant was not ready for this match, simple as that.
David Junior Lopes 1
Was responsible for conceding the Gershon Koffie goal 18 minutes into the contest. Didn't acquit himself with his distribution, either. As long as Lopes is starting, the Galaxy will continue to struggle.
Marcelo Sarvas 3
Didn't do a good job in winning the ball and battling for possession. Sarvas will need to put on a much better performance in the midfield when they host Chivas USA.
Hector Jimenez 5
Did all he could to influence the match but again, that first touch is necessary to making magic happen. Mike Magee, calling Mike Magee, your team needs you...
Michael Stephens 1
Here's the step in the maturation of a young player in MLS. How does Michael Stephens get over getting schooled by the likes of one Barry Robson on Wednesday night? We'll find out this answer on Saturday against Chivas USA.
I will give David Beckham some minus points for not converting any of his set pieces, but that is made up with a goal and an assist to his name. Beckham will need an all-around performance this weekend against Chivas USA.
Robbie Keane 3.5
Where was Robbie Keane tonight? Tried too much to sway Silviu Petrescu (who I felt had a bit of a bias towards Vancouver, an understandable one at that). Half a step too slow. Couldn't anticipate a pass if he has 20/10 vision. No attempt to play the ball.
Add it all up, and it results in a disastrous outing for the Republic of Ireland captain.
Landon Donovan 4.5
Donovan gets minus points for receiving a yellow due to time wasting but it is ameliorated by his assist to David Beckham late in the match. Otherwise, not a good night for Donovan, who was marked tight by Vancouver's defense.
Bryan Gaul 6.5
Good performance from Bryan Gaul in filling in for Todd Dunivant. As a matter of fact, LA's offense proved to be more potent with Gaul in the lineup. Expect Gaul to start the next match against the Goats if Dunivant's injury is that bad.
Juninho did admirably well coming off the bench roaming the midfield in lieu of Michael Stephens, who deservedly was subbed for an awful display.
Jose Villareal 7
Readers on Bleacher Report and the View from Victoria Street, here is my Man of the Match. After earning his first yellow card of his career, home-grown player Jose Villareal of Inglewood, Calif. delivers a blasting shot past Joe Cannon in the 87th minute of play.
Broken hearts wear two shades of blue in Vancouver. And Jose Villareal has saved the Galaxy from some serious blushes.
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