When did the LA Galaxy turn into the hamstrung USMNT (we'll never forget you Jurgen)?
New York City FC 2 - LA Galaxy Hamstrings and Hip Flexors 1
Pierre Barrieu's (LA's fitness trainer, ex USMNT trainer) squad didn't look so fit as Michael Ciani and Giovani Dos Santos both succumbed to muscle injuries, following Romain Alessandrini's exit last week. It was an auspicious start to the game, and it gave the LA Galaxy a start/stop look that it never quite recovered from (though the removal of Gio Dos Santos looked like a plus).
Last week the team received praise for their offense, this week it's the exact opposite with the notable exception of Sebastian Lletget who was the lone bright spot in the first half. The Galaxy had a grand total of 6 key passes/assists for the entire game, demonstrating their lack of bite in front of goal.
And for those who are counting (I am!), that's Gyasi Zardes with three goals. I'd take him over Gio right now.
- Sebastian Lletget - played extended minutes with Alessandrini injured and had bright ideas in the first half. Had two key passes and attempted several fruitful crosses into the box.
- David Bingham - had a few decent saves in the second half to preserve the scoreline, but also had some dicey passes out of the back putting his defense in trouble. Hopefully this is early season rust.
- Emmanuel Boateng - the "move" of rushing by a player didn't work out for him tonight as he was flat out stuffed by the NYCFC defense multiple times. That said, delivered the lovely assist to Jonathan Dos Santos for the lone LA goal and was the only attack generator in the second half. Lost count of the amount of times analysts in the last two weeks have said, "hopefully he can play up to his potential in the final third."
- Jonathan Dos Santos - his miserable lazy pass led to New York City's first goal...but he also scored with a lovely touch. Better in the second half covering a decent amount of ground.
- Perry Kitchen - I was surprised when I looked at the boxscore: I thought he had a poor game, then I noticed he had the most defensive actions of the team. Was a bit of a turnover machine, but had more foward looking passes than last week, and used his physicality well.
- Michael Ciani - pulled up lame with a muscle injury at the end of the first half. If you had asked me last year to rate him "OK" two games in a row I would have laughed in your face. Solid amount of defensive actions when he was on the pitch.
- Servando Carrasco - had a blocked shot, but not much else in the final 18.
- Daniel Steres - lost tackles in some dangerous positions on the right hand side. Caught ball watching on a few occasions (it is David Villa after all).
- Rolf Feltscher - questionnable decisions, ball watching and a tendency to raise an arm for the offside call instead of playing to the whistle. He didn't look great in pre-season, and he still doesn't. A grand total of 7 defensive actions as David Villa was whistling right by him.
- Ashley Cole - two terrible tackles to earn two yellows and an exit in the 85th minute. He's a veteran, and veterans should know better.
- Jorgen Skjelvik - ball watching. So much ball watching. Didn't cover himself in glory on New York's first goal.
- Giovani Dos Santos - okay, he had a hamstring injury, but once again he looked terrible and mighty invisible with two successful passes. Two. Hauled off at halftime, and should be benched.
- Ola Kamara - not enough service, but also some miserable passing of his own in midfield.
- Dave Romney - late sub.
Man of the Match: Sebastian Lletget for idea generation and a bright start to the game.