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November 3, 2013 9:00 PM EST
Stubhub Center — Carson, California
Referee:‬ K. Stott‎
Attendance:‬ 27000‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: LA Galaxy 1-0 Real Salt Lake

Goal rates the players as LA seized the initiative in the Western Conference semifinal with a 1-0 home win over RSL in the first leg.

By Keith Hickey

  • J. Penedo
    0
    0
    3.00

    J. Penedo

    Rarely tested, and never bested. A dominant performance from his defensive unit helped a lot.

  • Todd Dunivant
    0
    0
    3.00

    Todd Dunivant

    Didn't have much to do on defense, but generally did it without issue.

  • Omar Gonzalez
    0
    0
    3.00

    Omar Gonzalez

    Confident in defense when called upon, and used his size to neutralize RSL's lone striker setup. His offensive threat preceded him to the point that he was occasionally triple-teamed on set pieces.

  • Sean Franklin
    0
    0
    4.00

    Sean Franklin

    A shutdown performance all night, but it will be his magnificent rip of a shot to score the winner that will long remain in the memory.

  • Kofi Opare
    0
    0
    3.50

    Kofi Opare

    Not many rookies could be counted upon to help keep a clean sheet against Real Salt Lake in the playoffs. A huge night for the youngster.

  • Marcelo Sarvas
    0
    0
    2.50

    Marcelo Sarvas

    A good shift to help LA establish dominance in central midfield in the first half.

  • Robbie Rogers
    0
    1
    1.50

    Robbie Rogers

    A frustrating time for the erstwhile national teamer. Often behind the passes wide, and poor on the ball when he wasn't. Unsurprisingly the first player subbed out for LA.

  • Juninho
    0
    0
    3.00

    Juninho

    An all-action performance in midfield that occasionally toed the line in terms of physicality.

  • Robbie Keane
    0
    0
    2.50

    Robbie Keane

    A mixed night for Keane. Was always in the right spots, making the right runs, on the verge of putting real daylight in between the two sides, but stymied when it really counted.

  • Landon Donovan
    0
    0
    2.50

    Landon Donovan

    Dangerous but never deadly. Donovan constantly threatened with his movement, his passing, and his presence, but never actually put in the killer final ball.

  • Gyasi Zardes
    0
    0
    3.00

    Gyasi Zardes

    The youngster's sheer speed and willingness to use it stretched the RSL defense and created plenty of dangerous chances. Looked a far superior wideman to his senior teammate on the opposite flank.

Substitutions

  • A.J. DeLaGarza
    0
    0
    2.50

    A.J. DeLaGarza

    Came on late to help LA shore up its defense.

  • Hector Jimenez
    0
    0
    2.00

    Hector Jimenez

    Replaced Rogers in the second half, but wasn't much of an improvement.

  • Rafa García
    0
    0
    2.50

    Rafa García

    Came on late to replaced the tired Sarvas and helped see out the win.

  • Nick Rimando
    0
    0
    3.50

    Nick Rimando

    Again showed why he's been the best keeper in MLS over the last few years. Stood strong when his defenders faltered, and it took a strike of real quality to beat him.

  • Tony Beltran
    0
    0
    2.50

    Tony Beltran

    Had his hands full dealing with the movement and pace of Zardes and Donovan

  • Nat Borchers
    0
    0
    2.00

    Nat Borchers

    Was bypassed with alarming ease in the early stages, although his experience and quality told out as the game progressed. Lucky not to have been burned by the Galaxy attack on multiple occasions.

  • Chris Schuler
    0
    0
    3.50

    Chris Schuler

    Had the better night of the two Salt Lake center backs, and came up with a crucial interception on the line to deny what looked like a certain Robbie Keane goal.

  • Chris Wingert
    0
    0
    3.00

    Chris Wingert

    Certainly the least worked of the visiting defenders, he handled Rogers and later Jimenez without too much fuss.

  • Kyle Beckerman
    0
    1
    2.50

    Kyle Beckerman

    The Salt Lake captain is famous for his tireless industry, but maybe works better as the base of a diamond than in a double pivot. Had communication issues with Alvarez.

  • Yordany Alvarez Oropeza
    0
    0
    2.50

    Yordany Alvarez Oropeza

    A mixed bag alongside Beckerman in an unfamiliar double pivot. An okay job shutting down the central midfield, but no distribution going forward. The first RSL player subbed out.

  • Luis Gil
    0
    0
    2.50

    Luis Gil

    Showed an encouraging willingness to shoot and take the attacking burden upon himself, but was outnumbered and denied support all night.

  • Javier Morales
    0
    0
    2.00

    Javier Morales

    There were a few occasions where he got to deploy the contents of that bag of tricks, but not many. RSL's tactical setup robbed him of passing options and allowed LA to mark him easily.

  • Ned Grabavoy
    0
    0
    2.00

    Ned Grabavoy

    Pretty anonymous as RSL struggled to assert itself moving forward. Part of that is down to a lack of quality possession, but telling that he was subbed off when RSL was searching for a goal.

  • A. Saborío
    0
    0
    1.50

    A. Saborío

    Isolated and idle most of the match. Had few scraps to work with, and did little with them. A night to forget for one of RSL's main men.

Substitutions

  • Juan Sebastián Velásquez
    0
    0
    2.00

    Juan Sebastián Velásquez

    Went on for Grabavoy. A more direct approach, but unable to make anything happen.

  • Robbie Findley
    0
    0
    2.00

    Robbie Findley

    RSL's attack improved when he came on to provide a alternative option and help pressure the Galaxy, but he didn't make much of an actual impact.

  • Devon Sandoval
    0
    0
    2.50

    Devon Sandoval

    Almost scored when he came on to replace Saborio.

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