LA drawing 2-2 vs. the Chicago Fire on the road isn’t such a bad result. The Fire are a better team than their record suggests, and with the Galaxy on the tail end of an exhausting couple days of travel, the oldest starting lineup in the league had to rotate a few players.
All things considered, not that bad.
Clement Diop: With six saves, Diop kept LA in the match on more than one occasion. His inexperience showed at times, but overall Diop had another impressive performance.
Sebastian Lletget: Have criticized the winger for a sloppy touch, but was pleasantly tidy and accurate with his passing tonight.
Gyasi Zardes: Still not quite there physically, but a definite improvement over the last two matches, emphasized by a sequence in the 12th minute when Gyasi lost the ball and sprinted 20 yards to knock the ball off the player and win back possession. And of course, the USA international bagged LA’s opener.
Baggio Husidic: One of several former Chicago Fire players in the lineup for LA, Husidic quietly had a strong two-way performance.
AJ DeLaGarza: Put in a hell of a shift after injuring his shoulder early in the match.
Jelle Van Damme: Mixed performance. Did well to set up LA’s opening goal, then sloppily conceded a PK after hacking Luis Solignac in the box. Could Van Damme possible face DisCo wrath for making contact with referee Jose Carlos Rivero?
Mike Magee: The good news? Magee got on the end of plenty of opportunities. Unfortunately, his finishing lacked that cutting edge.
Emmanuel Boateng: The young Ghanaian is a wonderful talent, but his success lives or dies by his touch, and tonight his service was off.
Dave Romney: Decent if unspectacular shift. Continues to be one of Bruce’s most reliable players off the bench.
Jeff Larentowicz: Solid performance stepping in for Nigel de Jong. Can’t be faulted for lack of effort.
Daniel Steres: Struggled to stay composed at times as the rookie continues to learn his trade at a higher level. Failed to make a play on the ball when Chicago scored their opener.
Alan Gordon: Made an impact with his direct play. An underrated passer of the ball, Gordo’s layoff set up dos Santos perfectly for LA’s second.
Giovani dos Santos: Determined to affect the match, dos Santos terrorized the Chicago defense, emphatically celebrating after out-hustling a defender to nab the Galaxy equalizer.
Ashley Cole: N/A