CARSON, CA - AUGUST 12: Juninho #19 of Los Angeles Galaxy celebrates his second half goal as Marcelo Sarvas #8 of Los Angeles Galaxy jumps on his shoulders during the MLS match against Chivas USA at The Home Depot Center on August 12, 2012 in Carson, California. The Galaxy won 4-0. (Photo by Ric Tapia/Getty Images)
The Match Impact Ratings for the Galaxy are out once again, and it should be no surprise that Marcelo Sarvas had the biggest impact on how the Galaxy played. He was everywhere on the pitch, factoring on both goals and keeping out a goal for good measure. He had close competition from newcomer Christian Wilhelmsson for the top spot however.
With two assists in 83 minutes, Marcelo Sarvas was a part of both Galaxy goals. On the first he found Landon Donovan at the top of the penalty area, and on the second he found Wilhelmsson who was able to dribble himself just barely into position. Though it'll only go down as a deflection, he also had a sliding save on Conor Casey's shot in the 79' which would have brought Colorado to within one. Sarvas' MIR was 75.1.
Christian Wilhelmsson finished just behind Sarvas in his debut, with a MIR of 71.9. He had the one goal on two shots, and he only caused one foul. Robbie Keane finished with a lower than expected 52.75, but the main difference between Chippen and Keane is Keane getting called for offside twice.
Landon Donovan, with an assist on the opening goal, also shows up in the impact rating with a 34.9. Battling through fatigue he had a shot on goal to go with his assist, but he also caused a foul without suffering one. Mike Magee also showed up with an 11, two shots on goal and earned a foul.
Defense isn't accounted for in Match Impact, but it's worth noting that the Galaxy D hasn't surrendered a goal in all competitions since giving up two to Metapan on August twenty-third. That's now four straight clean sheets for Josh Saunders and the LA back line.
Match Impact Rating is graciously given to LAG Confidential by Patrick Johnston.