3/19 Regular Season: LA Galaxy 3-1 SJ Earthquakes Player Ratings
In a match that was certainly not enjoyed by many neutral fans, the Galaxy capitalized on a man advantage to win 3-1 at the StubHub Center. A chippy and tepid first half was ended with a red card to Simon Dawkins, as referee Ismail Elfath was center stage all night in a match that featured seven yellow cards and 35 fouls. Gyassi Zardes scored two goals early in the second half, although Chris Wondolowski made things interesting with an 89th minute strike. Robbie Keane ended any hopes of a Quakes comeback by converting from the spot after Victor Bernardez gave away a penalty in stoppage time.
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Bingham — 6.1
He made a number of saves and key punches, especially in the first half. The only blemish is that he was left out of position on Zardes’s second goal, as it was unclear if he was coming to punch away or not.
Wynne — 5.2
The right back struggled to contain Zardes and Cole especially in the opening minutes, and deserved his yellow for hacking down Zardes when the Galaxy winger was past him. He did provide the assist on Wondo’s goal, even though he was fortune that his initial cross rebounded back to his feet.
Bernardez — 5.7
The big Honduran was the clear leader for the Quakes in the back, especially with Goodson out. However, he did lose out to Van Damme in the air on the opening goal, and conceded a late penalty that ended any faint hopes of a comeback.
Imperiale — 5.5
Not the worst debut in place of injured Clarence Goodson, as he was calm on the ball and mostly positionally sound. He was not as strong in the air as Goodson normally is, and he is at least partially at fault for the Galaxy’s second goal after letting Magee’s find a bit of space behind him.
Colvey — 4.6
After a solid first start last week, the rookie was certainly exposed in this match. He struggled with Lleget’s speed, lost track of runners at the back post, and technically assisted on Zardes’s second goal after sidefooting a clearance directly to the Galaxy man.
Quintero — 5.3
He worked hard for the team, but didn’t look sharp on the ball, especially in the final third.
Godoy — 6.0
This was below-average outing by his standards, but it was certainly not for a lack of effort. He played well defensively, but could not keep possession as well as we are used to seeing, particularly in the first half when the Quakes were at full strength.
Alashe — 4.7
He had a poor game on the day he was called up to the U.S. U-23 team. While the entire midfield share the blame, he was particularly at fault for not being able to take advantage of excellent hold-up play from the forwards and keep possession. Withdrawn after 71 minutes.
The color of the card was no doubt controversial, but the scissor-style tackle that got him sent off was certainly not a good decision.
Amarikwa — 6.0
His hold-up play was again excellent, but did make some curious decisions on the ball in the final third. Taken off in the 77th minute.
Wondolowski — 7.0, POTM
Three games, three goals for the captain. In the first half, he was very involved in the buildup play, even if the midfield could not take advantage. The second half saw him play truly box to box and touchline to touchline as the Galaxy pressed their numerical advantage.
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