CARSON, CA - AUGUST 26: David Beckham #23 of Los Angeles Galaxy dribbles the ball during the MLS match against FC Dallas at The Home Depot Center on August 26, 2012 in Carson, California. The Galaxy won 2-0. (Photo by Ric Tapia/Getty Images)
Juninho getting his sixth goal in five matches was the more interesting story last night, but it was David Beckham who had the biggest impact in the match. It was a slow and steady affair, with no player having the gaudy Match Impact Rating numbers that have defined the Galaxy's recent form.
Key to Beckham's MIR rating of 83.5 was his accuracy. His two shots on goal were both on target free kicks, one of them going in for the Galaxy's insurance goal. He also won four fouls of his own, though the foul that led to the goal was won by Robbie Keane.
Keane finished with an MIR of 61.25 despite not putting one in the back of the net. Keane had three of his five shots on target, but he also had the assist on Juninho's goal. Not only did Keane win the foul for Beckham's goal, but he was fouled two other times in the offensive half.
Though his goal and subsequent celebration were cause for jubilee, Juninho only managed an MIR of 43. Vitor Jr.'s offensive impact on the match consisted solely of two shots on goal, both from outside the penalty area, with the one going in.
Somewhat surprising is the match impact of Hector Jimenez. While he was pretty awful all match, he did earn the second assist on Juninho's goal. He also won two fouls near the midway line for a MIR of 63.7. But since I don't believe in second assists, I'm going to disagree with MIR here. Juninho's goal was all about Keane's redirect, Jimenez was a blind squirrel on that play. And beside, Opta doesn't give second assists, just MLS scorekeepers.
Match Impact Rating is graciously given to LAG Confidential by Patrick Johnson.