Robbie Keane, Jose Villarreal have biggest impact in loss vs. Red Bulls

Victor Decolongon

Robbie Keane and Jose Villarreal drew 41.2% of the fouls committed by the New York Red Bulls in the Galaxy's 1-0 loss to New York on May 19. Unfortunately for LA, the impact of the two forwards was not enough to ward off a late loss.

The LA Galaxy have now dropped three of their last four matches. After only one loss through their seven matches, things have fallen apart for LA in the final third in recent weeks. Yet again, the Galaxy only put two shots on target. Without one unsteady moment in stoppage time by goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini, the Galaxy might have escaped Red Bull Arena with a draw.

Despite a lack of finishing on offense, forwards Robbie Keane and Jose Villarreal did good work, according to the Match Impact Rating (click through for more on the MIR). Keane finished with a 40.5 for his 90 minutes of work and Villarreal turned in a slightly better 43.9 for his 61 minutes on the pitch. Both players combined to draw 41.2% of the fouls (all of which were near the midfield stripe or in the offensive half) the Galaxy suffered in the match. Keane also had one of the two shots on target in the match for LA.

Landon Donovan did not continue the fine form he showed against the Philadelphia Union earlier in the road trip. Donovan turned in a MIR of 29.5, missed both of his shot attempts and committed as many fouls as he suffered (3). None of the other Galaxy players had a MIR above 19.8.

It must not be overlooked that Keane and Donovan were both inches away from goals on plays setup by substitute Gyasi Zardes, who made an instant impact upon entering the match. Zardes also had the only other shot which went on target in the match for the Galaxy but didn't play enough minutes to qualify for a MIR.

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