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Landon Donovan Has Enormous Impact On Last Night's Match

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Aug 12, 2012; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan (10) warms up prior to the game against the Chivas USA at the Home Depot Center.  Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-US PRESSWIRE
Aug 12, 2012; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan (10) warms up prior to the game against the Chivas USA at the Home Depot Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-US PRESSWIRE

No surprise that Landon Donovan blew away everyone else on the pitch in match impact. His MIR was 143.09 with those four assists skyrocketing his point total. He also had three shots on target, helping to keep Dan Kennedy busy, and with Donovan taking the free kicks he had five passes that led to shot attempts but not goals. This includes Robbie Keane's first chance to score, a chip inside the box much like the one he scored on.

The "original four" back four were outstanding, pitching in for four blocks, nine interceptions, sixteen clearances, and seven offside calls. It was as if they looked across, saw each other, and knew everything would be just fine. Omar Gonzalez going up top to get the Galaxy's fourth goal was a great sign of things to come going forward.

Juninho and his brace finished with an Impact rating of 87.67. Before hitting his floater from outside the penalty area, Juninho had an even further shot that necessitated a Dan Kennedy save. He had one long distance chip that led to a shot attempt, and won a foul just outside the penalty area as the Galaxy pushed forward hard after the hour mark.

Robbie Keane and his match winning goal showed up at 59.08, Omar Gonzalez and his capper at 39.33 (MIR at this time only measures offensive impact)

Match Impact Rating is graciously given to us by contributor Patrick Johnston, @therealPSJ