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Sean Franklin leads Match Impact Rating in playoff win over RSL

Sean Franklin led the LA Galaxy in Match Impact Rating in the playoff win over Real Salt Lake on Sunday, courtesy of his game-winning goal rocket blast.

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Sean Franklin's rocket blast of a goal from outside the 18-yard box was the only goal of the LA Galaxy's 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake on Sunday at StubHub Center. The goal also put the Galaxy up 1-0 going into the second leg of the Western Conference Semifinals.


Franklin, who had one other shot in the match, led the Galaxy in Match Impact Rating with a 43.5 for his 90 minutes of action. The defenders as a whole did their part in the win. Omar Gonzalez suffered four fouls and committed only one to rack up a MIR of 39.5. Kofi Opare committed no fouls and drew one to finish with a MIR of 10.

Robbie Keane, whose (possibly) errant pass teed up Franklin (see above), finished the match with an assist, four shots (one on target) and a foul drawn for a MIR of 40.5.

The dropoff for forwards and midfielders was severe after Keane. Robbie Rogers, who went 61 minutes in the match, turned in a 14 for a shot off-target, two fouls committed and one suffered. Marcelo Sarvas suffered one foul in 83 minutes for a MIR of 10.8. Landon Donovan took two off-target shots, got caught offside once, committed two fouls and suffered one finished with a MIR of 9.3. Gyasi Zardes who went the full 90 minutes, took two off-target shots and committed a foul finished with a -0.3 MIR. Juninho missed on his only shot attempt and committed three fouls (one yellow card) in 89 minutes for a MIR of -1.3.