So Benny with another big game, huh? Confidence kicking in? Just a good two games? I'm not sure, but I'm loving what I've seen, I feel like he's having his best year yet, and this is the Benny we all wanted to see when SKC signed him.
Generally speaking I was pretty happy with how SKC played, but I hate to sound like a broken harp... where are the run of play goals? Dom seems to be the only one who scores them, and honestl I think that's a little worrying. I'll have to sit down some day and figure out where we rank in regards to that stat, but I feel like we do real well on set pieces but struggle to really score anything off the (often abundant) chances we have in fluid play.
All that said, a goal is a goal, and 9 points from 8 days? I'll take it.
And is Robbie Keane the angriest man around? All the offside calls looked legit to me, and maybe even his goal had a hint of him being in the wrong place once more... but who am I to judge.
So let's go to some numbers. In addition to just a numerical ranking, I tried to pull out some key stats to help put a players rating into a bit of perspective. One thing I think Kansas City did well was keeping Donovan pinned back and taking on a bigger defensive role. Honestly, Donovan was a bit of a non-factor this game...
Anyway, here's the table.
|LA Galaxy||Rating||Key Stat|
|Jaime Penedo||5.5||4 Saves|
|Tommy Meyer||4.5||7 CBIs|
|AJ DeLaGarza||4.5||6 Recoveries|
|Kofi Opare||5.0||94% pass success|
|Gyasi Zardes||4.5||2 aerial dules won|
|Stefan Ishizaki||4.0||2 crosses|
|Baggio Husidic||5.0||3 key passes|
|Juninho||5.0||96% pass success|
|Kenney Walker||4.0||1 accurate long ball|
|Landon Donovan||5.0||7 recoveries|
|Marcelo Sarvas||5.0||8 recoveries|
|Robbie Keane||6.5||1 goal|
|Bradford Jamieson||6.0||1 assist|
|Sporting Kansas City||Rating||Key Stat|
|Andy Gruenebaum||5.0||1 big save|
|Lawrence Olum||7.5||1 goal|
|Matt Besler||5.0||10 CBIs|
|Aurelien Collin||5.5||8 CBIs|
|Seth Sinovic||4.5||88% pass success|
|Igor Juliao||4.5||89% pass success|
|Kevin Ellis||4.0||1 CBI|
|Benny Feilhaber||7.0||1 goal|
|Graham Zusi||7.0||6 key passes|
|Jacob Peterson||4.0||3 shots|
|CJ Sapong||4.0||3 recoveries|
|Soony Saad||5.0||6 recoveries|
|Dom Dwyer||4.5||3 shots|
So there's that. Although I think Kansas City had the better of much of the match, LA definitely hung around and had their chances. I was getting pretty nervey towards the ending, but all's well that ends well (see last week for a prime example).
Really excited for the Toronto match, I think we line up against them well so it should be an entertaining one.