CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: A general view of action in the second half during the MLS match between Toronto FC and the Los Angeles Galaxy at The Home Depot Center on September 22, 2012 in Carson, California. The Galaxy defeated Toronto FC 4-2. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
Juninho's rockets were the more impressive goals on the night, but the numbers have been crunched and Robbie Keane had the bigger impact on the LA Galaxy's playoff clinching victory last night in front of a sellout crowd at The Home Depot Center.
Keane finished the match with an Impact Rating of 107.4. With Toronto scoring two goals, Keane were effectively the match winners. He was also quite accurate, as his only two shots were his two goals. If Keane is here to score goals, then converting both his chances is the best possible night for him. Keane also won three fouls in the offensive half, and did not commit a foul or get called offside according to Opta.
"Me and Juninho have been scoring goals lately," said Robbie Keane, "which is nice for the team. I think as a team we've been quite solid; we're starting to look like a proper team."
Juninho came in second on MIR, a final score of 84.25. Juninho had to two spectacular goals from outside the penalty area, but he also had another rocket from outside the penalty area saved and a fourth attempt from inside the box saved. He conceded and won a foul, so that's a bit of a wash.
Finishing third is Landon Donovan, who continues his recovery from injury. His MIR of 80.25 is based on the assist for Robbie Keane's stoppage time goal as well as a few other factors. He had two shots on goal without an off target shot. He also won two fouls in the offensive area, though he also conceded two.
Mike Magee, who had the assist on Robbie Keane's first goal finished at 45.9. Marcelo Sarvas finished at 29.75. Sean Franklin finished at 30 on the dot and that's with the assist on Juninho's second goal. Christian Wilhelmsson won the foul that led to Juninho's free kick goal, for an MIR of 25.8. Omar Gonzalez finished with 29.5.
Match Impact Rating is graciously given to LAG Confidential by Patrick Johnson.