At the Galaxy practice on Friday, I asked Ruud about what the team would do when Landon and or Becks miss games when way on international duty. Ruud responded that all teams have important players miss games for whatever reason and have to adjust. He mentioned a Liverpool squad having to adjust to the loss of Steve Gerrard, for example.
It was pointed out that Liverpool could then bring in Peter Crouch.
"That is true," said Ruud. "But I have Gordon." He smiled, and the assembled group of reporters laughed.
Ruud was serious, though, and he continued with the comparison. "He’s big also and he can head the ball also."
Apparently so. Gordon helped turn the tide for the Galaxy versus Chivas USA.