Sep 23, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT
Which MLS figure is doing the most for his club. Who is The Man among all the guys currently labeled as The Man around their clubs?
It could be Chris Rolfe in Chicago.
We can make a case for Fredy Montero in Seattle.
We know it’s no longer Federico Higuain in Columbus.
But can’t we also make a case for Juninho at the L.A. Galaxy?
Bruce Arena’s team was without David Beckham once again last night at the Home Depot Center. But that hardly matters these days.
That’s because Landon Donovan is back, gaining in fitness and touch after about a month away. His running off the ball, passing and combining looks more or less back to full speed.
And it’s because Robbie Keane is scoring, now with 14 goals, tied for second-best in MLS. And it’s because Marcelo Sarvas keeps proving to be such a promising understudy in the Galaxy midfield.
And … because Juninho continues to be someone that we still (still!) probably don’t talk about enough. He really is all that right now.
He was sizzling last night with two goals in the most predictable MLS result among a half dozen matches: the Galaxy had an easy time with Eastern Conference bottom club Toronto, recording a 4-2 win. (Edge in shots 27-5. And that is certainly some edge.)
Juninho now has seven goals in the Galaxy’s last seven matches. Here are the highlights from last night, as the Galaxy clinched playoff spot:
- Why MLS was so focused on New York as the 20th market 5
- It’s official: Manchester City and the Yankees will own and operate Major League Soccer’s newest expansion team. 27
- Gareth Bale set to re-sign with Tottenham – But is it a good deal for the Welshman? 4
- Looking back at Week 6 of the NWSL season 2
- Movement in the LA Galaxy-Omar Gonzalez situation 6
- Bigger impact on U.S. soccer growth: David Beckham or Pele? (35)
- It’s official: Manchester City and the Yankees will own and operate Major League Soccer’s newest expansion team. (27)
- Portland ball kid correct to deny Mario de Luna (12)
- More on Landon Donovan and the U.S. national team roster (11)
- Notes from today’s big announcement on MLS, NYCFC the Yankees and the rest (10)
- Durant pledges $1 million for tornado victims
- Golden Super Bowl to Bay Area; LI to Houston
- PBT: Grizzlies aim to stem Spurs' momentum
- HBT: Yankees buying share of expansion MLS team
- PHT: Kings searching for killer instinct in Game 4
- PFT: Romo out of OTAs after back surgery
- PFT: NFL want to make Pro Bowl like game show
- Play Video: Premier League drama set to thrill
- Play Video: Premier League: Real English drama
- Play Video: Highlights: Union outlast Fire
- Play Video: Sir Alex says goodbye
- Play Video: Morgan committed to growth of new women's league
- Play Video: Boy with cancer, 8, scores against major league soccer team