Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Tottenham Hotspur: Rating the Galaxy Players

Jo-Ryan SalazarSenior Analyst IJuly 25, 2012

CARSON, CA - JULY 24: David Junior Lopes #3 of Los Angeles Galaxy passes the ball during the international friendly match against Tottenham Hotspur at The Home Depot Center on July 24, 2012 in Carson, California. (Photo by RicTapia/Getty Images)
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This will be the first of two matches in which I just provide numbers and a summary of my thoughts on the players donning the Punjab third kit strip of the Los Angeles Galaxy. There may be more if the Galaxy schedule some end-of-season friendlies.

All in all, I think this was a very gutsy performance by Bruce Arena's Galaxy. Believe it or not, they were just as capable of winning this match as Andre Villas-Boas's Tottenham Hotspur were, as both teams were inept with their finishing.

But leave it to David Junior Lopes to make Tottenham look like an MLS side tonight.

When you don't clear a set piece properly in the 28th minute, and let a similarly unheralded player in Hector Jimenez single out Lopes for his first-ever Galaxy goal, it makes you wonder, are Tottenham really going to take the Premier League this season?

I mean, they didn't run over Stevenage in their first preseason game (they only won 2-0), and it wasn't a completely awful display (see Gareth Bale).

But when you take on the best teams in the world, you tend to play your best game.

The Galaxy didn't have David Beckham. The Galaxy didn't have Landon Donovan. Heck, Todd Dunivant and Josh Saunders didn't start, either. And yet, their depth held the Spurs to a 1-1 draw.

Spurs. A storied club that could have been playing in the UEFA Champions League if Chelsea hadn't spoiled the party. And they were held to a 1-1 draw against a team that is trying to get back on the rebound after a dismal start to their season.

These types of performances are morale boosters, believe me. The Galaxy should be able to perform against FC Dallas in a match that truly matters.

Here are my Galaxy player ratings for Tuesday's international club friendly with Tottenham Hotspur.

Brian Perk 7
A.J. DeLaGarza 6.5
Omar Gonzalez 7
David Junior Lopes 8
Bryan Gaul 6.5
Sean Franklin 7
Marcelo Sarvas 6.5
Michael Stephens 6
Hector Jimenez 7
Robbie Keane 7.5
Jose Villareal 6.5
Brian Rowe 7
Tommy Meyer 6
Andrew Boyens 6
Rafael Garcia 6.5
Kenny Walker 7
Chad Barrett 6
Pat Noonan 6
Jack McBean 6.5


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