|Juan Pablo Angel||F||1312||18||13||1.235||0.892||0.343||-0.057||0.122||-0.178|
Miguel Lòpez has the highest MGD90 and MGA90 scores of any player I've rated so far. When he's on the field, the Galaxy shuts down their opponents. He also has been an effective contributor to their offense. Sticking out like a sore thumb is Chris Birchall's stat line. When he is on the field, the Galaxy are at their least effective both at scoring goals and preventing goals. I think that giving more midfield playing time to Lòpez and more bench time to Birchall will make the Galaxy a stronger team. Birchall may be getting more bench time anyway after this vicious tackle.
Of the three teams I have rated (Real Salt Lake and New York the others), only LA has three players (Lòpez, Mike Magee and Landon Donovan) with MGD90's above 0.300. I'm especially pleased to see the high rating for Donovan who is generally considered the best player in the MLS. To me this is validation that marginal goals are an effective way to measure a player's contribution to his team.