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Landon Donovan has most impact in scoreless draw vs. Timbers

Landon Donovan had the highest Match Impact Rating for the LA Galaxy in their scoreless draw with the Portland Timbers on June 19.


Landon Donovan turned the best Match Impact Rating (for more on MIR, click here) for the LA Galaxy in the scoreless draw with the Portland Timbers on Wednesday. However, that performance wasn't much to write home about. Donovan had a 39.3 for the match. Most notably, Donovan drew four fouls in the offensive half in the match (or 36.4 percent of the Galaxy total fouls suffered on the night). This was the second straight match Donovan led the team in MIR.

The second best performance for the Galaxy was Rafael Garcia's MIR of 29.8. Garcia suffered three fouls during his 89 minutes of play while, like Donovan, committing two fouls. Pablo Mastroeni made his debut in relieving Garcia and, like we pointed out in assessing the trade for the midfielder, promptly committed a foul. Nobody else on the Galaxy turned in a MIR in the good (30-40) or average (25-29) range.

The real positive in the match, besides not dropping another result, was goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini going 4-for-4 in saves on the night. The performance, Cudicini's fifth clean sheet, raised his save percentage on the season from 54 to 59 percent and lowered his GAA from 1.25 to 1.15.