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Highlights and context: Bradley Cooper (a.k.a. Mike Magee) goal leads LA Galaxy past Colorado

Mar 24, 2013, 3:30 AM EDT

Los Angeles put nine shots on Clint Irwin. They out-shot Colorado 21 to 5 and put nine shots on the Rapids’ goal. LA kept 63 percent of the ball, yet the only thing that differentiated them from their guests was a Drew Moor mistake and a penalty conversion from Bradley Cooper:

I guess I shouldn’t proceed as if you know the joke. Galaxy midfielder/forward Mike Magee, who leads Major League Soccer with four goals in this still young campaign, looks like the Silver Linings Playbook star.

Here’s Mike versus the Oscar nominee:

source:  source: Getty Images

 

It’s a little disturbing (the un-canniness of the resemblance), but in our defense, we can’t take credit for this idea:

Sacha isn’t the first to come up with the comparison, so hopefully nobody took him up on that bet.

Back to the game. It’s hard to draw too much knowledge from a match which, even before an early second half red card, was lopsided, but while the game was in doubt, there were a couple of things worth talking about:

  • What was Drew Moor thinking? I’m trying to look at this from the player’s point of view, hoping to come up with the most generous interpretation possible (given the video is pretty indicting). The only idea that comes to mind supposes Moor was trying to give Marcelo Sarvas a shot across the chest. Instead, he ended up punching Sarvas in the face. The only thing in doubt about Moor’s offense is how long he’ll be out. A suspension’s coming.
  • Clint Irwin almost made this worthwhile – Matt Pickens is out with a broken arm, leaving the Rapids’ goalkeeping job to the unproven Clint Irwin. But that label (unproven) won’t last for long if Irwin can replicate Saturday’s performance. Drew Moor wouldn’t have been left to decide this one had Irwin been proved mortal before the 50th minute.
  • Juninho as a focal point – We speculated about this in preseason, but particularly with Robbie Keane gone and Landon Donovan in Wisconsin, the Galaxy needed their emerging midfield general to guide them. It’s subtle and other it’s not that even influential, but if you’re familiar with the Galaxy you can see the little ways Juninho, now playing without David Beckham, is becoming a player LA leans on, somebody who can guide the attack when it’s out of idea. His night may have been more steady than stellar, but only 24 years old, Juninho still looks like a future all-star. His expanding role will get him there.

 

  1. tylerbetts - Mar 24, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Is Irwin going to pull of this year what Andy Gruenebaum did last year? Step in after an injury to the long-time starter and play so well, that even if the long-time starter could come back, you wouldn’t want him to?

  2. Dan Haug - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Irwin looked really strong last week too. The thing that impressed me most about him is his communication and decision-making. His teammates really seem to trust him, and he does a good job controlling his area. There are a lot of good shot-stoppers out there (which he seems to do as well), but I haven’t seen many guys with his level of poise.

  3. mkbryant3 - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Any relation to Bill Irwin?

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