The LA Galaxy fell to 2-2-2 this season after their 0-1 loss to the Colorado Rapids on Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Robbie Keane missed another penalty after another questionable penalty drawn by Rob Friend which could have given the Galaxy a draw. The Match Impact Ratings posted by the Galaxy as a team were dreadful.
Rob Friend had the best worst MIR of the bunch at a 24.0 in 76 minutes. Friend took three shots (one on target), drew two fouls and was caught offside. Defender Dan Gargan, who took one shot on target and drew one foul in the full 90 minutes, had a MIR of 10.5. No other Galaxy player recorded a MIR in the double-digit range.
Facing those numbers, I decided to look at the previous lows this season.
- Robbie Keane had the previous lowest team-leading MIR for a match of 45.8 in a defensive struggle (but a 1-0 Galaxy win) against the Vancouver Whitecaps on April 12.
- Last time this season the Galaxy had fewer than four players with double-digit MIR: Zero
Last season, the Galaxy had two players ranked in the Top Five of MLS in MIR: Robbie Keane (#1, 54.5) and Landon Donovan (#4, 47.0). This season, Keane has a 47.9 MIR, which is equivalent to a Top 10 performance in MLS pretty much any season of the league's existence. Donovan has dropped off severely to a 16.8, which is nearly 30 points under his career average MIR.
It's not time to mash the panic button yet, but two players each have at least as many goals as the Galaxy: Clint Dempsey and Erick Torres. On that note, coming soon: the first edition of the Striker Index for 2014. Here's a look at the final Striker Index of 2013 for MLS.