Three Points: SuperClásico Victory
CARSON, Calif. – The “Three Points” to the LA Galaxy’s 4-0 win over Chivas USA in the SuperClásico…
1) GALAXY MIDFIELD OVERWHELM CHIVAS IN THE CENTER OF THE PARK
No David Beckham, no problem for the LA Galaxy against Chivas USA.
Fueled by recent acquisition Shalrie Joseph, the Rojiblancos were expected to challenge in the center of the park, but a solid performance by the Galaxy’s Brazilian duo of Marcelo Sarvas and Juninho negated any Chivas offensive threat. With the Galaxy providing constant pressure in the center of the park, Joseph and the rest of Chivas’ midfield were unable to create any dangerous scoring chances.
With Chivas’ attack stuck in neutral, the Brazilian duo was able to get involved in the attack with Juninho bagging two goals on the night.
2) DONOVAN PULLS THE STRINGS WITH FOUR ASSISTS
Juninho’s brace will earn the headlines, but Landon Donovan’s performance was one for the record books.
Just hours after being named to the U.S. national team for their friendly against Mexico, Donovan was stellar against Chivas, tallying a career-high four assists on the night—tying an MLS record—while moving into the league lead in assists with 11.
With his four assist performance against Chivas USA, Donovan’s career assist total is now at 105, moving him into fourth place in MLS’ all-time assist list bypassing DC United legend Jaime Moreno.
3) “CHAMPIONSHIP” BACK FOUR STEADY IN FIRST MATCH
The back four that anchored the LA Galaxy to last season’s MLS Cup title returned in the SuperClasico, bringing back the stability on defense that LA has lacked so far this season.
Showing the chemistry and cohesiveness that made the Galaxy champions in 2011, the back four of Sean Franklin, A.J. DeLaGarza, Omar Gonzalez and Todd Dunivant —along with goalkeeper Josh Saunders—held Chivas to just three shots on frame on the night. When LA’s midfield pressure was not enough to contain Chivas’ attack, the quartet were able to make timely stops to snuff out any remaining chances.
The quartet would also make an impact on the attack as Gonzalez was able to score his first goal of the season, finishing a Donovan corner in the 83rd minute.
Adam Serrano is the LA Galaxy Insider. Read his blog at LAGalaxy.com/Insider