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Game Grades: Crew SC vs. LA Galaxy

How did the Black & Gold players perform in the team’s 4-0 loss to Zlatan & Co.?

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It was another unsuccessful Columbus Crew SC trip to the West Coast as the Black & Gold were crushed by the LA Galaxy 4-0 at the StubHub Center on Saturday. The Crew had a decent start but was dominated by the Californians and will return to Ohio with a bad taste on its mouth after an overall terrible night.

Here is how each Crew SC player fared in the match:

Zack Steffen (5) – It’s really hard to rate the keeper’s performance in his return after two matches as he conceded four goals, but couldn’t really do much about it. Other than that, he had only one save and did well when needed to use his feet.

Harrison Afful (4.5) – The fullback had a very active start of match, helping the team to create some chances from the right side, but slowed down after it. He fed Sosa with a very good ball in one of his five key passes during the game.

Josh Williams (4.5) – The defender had a weird night as he didn’t have much work inside the box, finishing the game with no tackles or interceptions at all, but struggled every time he had to step outside of it to defend the Galaxy players while in transition.

Lalas Abubakar (4) – The center back made a couple of very important tackles inside the box, had a team-high eight clearances and held his own against Zlatan for most of the match. The penalty kick called on him was controversial to say the least, but he could have avoided the third goal if he had moved the ball faster from a dangerous spot.

Hector Jimenez (4) – The veteran struggled to defend first Pontius and later Alessandrini in the right flank. He tried to help the team offensively, especially in the second half, but failed to connect most of his passes in the final third.

Wil Trapp © (4) – The captain couldn’t control the game as he usually does and had a really hard time when defending the Galaxy’s offense through the middle. His long passes weren’t accurate as usual either.

Ricardo Clark (4) – The veteran was a solid presence in the center of the field with two tackles and one interception, but didn’t contribute offensively and, with the team trailing, was taken off early in the second half.

Pedro Santos (4) – The Portuguese was involved in most of the team’s offensive actions in the first half but, even though he had a better performance than in previous matches, didn’t manage to be really dangerous. His usually solid defensive game was not there too as he was outpaced by Ashley Cole way too easily in the Galaxy’s first goal. He was subbed off at halftime.

Eduardo Sosa (5) – The Venezuelan had an active start with a dangerous shot and a handful of runs through the center of the field, which drew some fouls for the Crew. The effort was there, but he lacked the final product in form of either a goal or an assist.

Luis Argudo (4.5) – The rookie had a good start and fired a dangerous shot from inside the box that went wide early in the match. He was slowly disappearing from the game until he was replaced by Grella in the second half.

Gyasi Zardes (4.5) – The forward showed good energy to start the match, constantly trying to either be in position to finish or to create for others. He was caught offside quite a few times and allegedly dribbled the ball out of bounds in the play Crew SC had a goal disallowed. He wasted the team’s beast goal opportunity from very close range.

Niko Hansen (4) – The second-year winger was subbed in at halftime and had a good chance to score five minutes later, but had his shot blocked. He didn’t have any notorious plays after that.

Mike Grella (3.5) – The winger entered the match during the second half and was barely noticed as he didn’t create any good chances and his impact in the game was extremely limited.

Federico Higuain (5) – Pipa came in late in the match and didn’t take much time to find Zardes in great position inside the box, but the striker couldn’t convert it. He tried to organize the team’s offensive actions but found little help up front.

Gregg Berhalter (4.5) – His option to start Milton Valenzuela, Artur and Higuain in the bench hurt the team’s quality against a talented opponent. Poor refereeing made the final result look worse than it should, but even trailing for most of the game, his team couldn’t be really dangerous against a shake Galaxy’s backline.