Player ratings: Crew 3, RBNY 1

Posted on 21 May 2010 by ASN Staff

The New York Red Bulls put up a solid team effort that was hard done by the final 3-1 result loss to the Columbus Crew on May 20. What about individual efforts and, more importantly, individual performances? We get to that here in our player ratings:

Bouna Condoul: 6
Definitely a performance to build on. Liked his aggressiveness on early crosses. Why he backed off of this is a mystery and may have in fact had an impact on the second goal by Columbus. Also had a terrific save (off Adam Moffat?) in the second half and did well stifling other Crew shots. Believe this is the first loss of the season where we can honestly say he didn’t play a direct role. Little victories. But the next (MLS) match will be crucial because he’s had encouraging performances earlier only to relapse to his old ways the next time out.

Chris Albright: 6.5
Solid in the first half and that on both ends of the pitch. Was a stabilizing force on defense and in the attack kept the ball moving and had a few nice passes into space. Unfortunately came undone a bit in the second half where he was beaten by his man on several occasions and turned the ball over. Maybe he ran out of steam? Hopefully it wasn’t another (or the same) injury.

Mike Petke: 2
Sad that his 300th MLS game was also one of his worst in recent memory. Very little went right for him. Could have faulted him on the first goal, at least in part. The second was scored by his man so he bears most, if not all of the responsibility. The third was even more egregious and came at a time when the team was gathering momentum for a final push to equalize. To his credit he took responsibility for his poor play.

Tim Ream: 3
Had one or two strong moments in the first 30 minutes of the game, but that was it. Caught in no-man’s land on the first goal, between Frankie Hejduk and Eddie Gaven, though Petke probably should have done a better job covering for him. Terrible mistake on the third goal, though again his partner in central defense bears a large part of the burden. But his lack of pace is beginning to show as a liability. Perhaps teams are learning to take advantage of him?

Danleigh Borman: 5
Had a few strong moments, particularly in the first half, but was too inconsistent. Love his hustle but needs to take care of the ball better. Maybe better suited for midfield?

Sinisa Ubiparipovic: 7
Stellar first half; probably his best 45 minutes as a pro (or at least in recent memory). Effectively ran the offense in Joel Lindpere’s absence. Distributed the ball well, hustled, created space for his teammates. Exactly the type of stuff this team has been lacking from its midfield players, Lindpere excepted. Seemed to drop off a bit in the second half but still Hans Backe’s decision to substitute him was a curious one. Even though central midfield appears to be his natural position he may be more effective at right wing. Or at least more effective than Dane Richards.

Seth Stammler: 5
A completely average performance. Didn’t make any decisive mistakes but didn’t contribute all that much either, especially for the attack. Don’t think he’s starter material, frankly.

Roy Miller: 5
Had a poor first half but was playing out of position. Seriously, what’s up with these lineups by Backe? Miller is not a center midfielder. Left wing is enough of a stretch. And he was doing fine as left back. Why mess with a good thing? Don’t understand that. Came alive a bit in the second but created far too little. Then again, that’s not a role he’s suited for in the first place.

Jeremy Hall: 3
Did far too little. Needed to help out covering Hejduk as a left mid but failed to do so and it came back to haunt the team on the first goal. Contributed even less offensively. That changed a little in the second half when he was moved to the right side, but not enough. He’s going to have to do a lot more to keep his spot as a starter.

Juan Pablo Angel: 3.5
The freekick was nice (didn’t go in though, did it?) and it was good to see him find a seam in the defense for that early shot that went narrowly wide. But that’s it for nice things we can say about him. His first touch has abandoned him altogether. Literally every time in the second half that he had the ball he turned it over. Still can’t move. His retreats to midfield were a little better planned this time, but he did it far too often and dropped far too deep. Saw him even with the backline on a few occasions. Not sure what he’s trying to prove at this point.

Dane Richards: 6
As I suspected (on the latest Seeing Red! podcast) there was more use for him at forward than in the midfield. Did well to get open and show for the ball. But should have finished better. Or finished, period. Once again his weak technical abilities (no left foot) and inability to see the field (or, if you prefer, his “low soccer IQ”) haunted him. Either way should have done a lot more with his chances.

Tony Tchani: 8
Caused problems for the Crew defense as soon as he entered the match in the 65th minute. Looked great on the ball and love his strength and speed. One question: Why didn’t he start? The team clearly could have used his contributions. Congrats on the first goal, which displayed aerial ability to go with the footwork skills we already knew he had.

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5 Comments For This Post

  1. a.k.a. Snugg Digemz Says:

    JP mentioned on ESPN that Miller played some CM in Norway. he's not that much of a stranger to the position I guess. I wouldn't say it was a complete failure, but I wouldn't go back to it.

  2. nando Says:

    i agree with most of ur ratings although i think u were “a little harsh on petke, granted he should have done better with the first goal but then again, ream also shares the blame for that one cause gaven was right in between petke and ream. ream was in no mans land…..on the third goal, u see ream call off petke and he doesn't clear it out but before the gaffe, what was ream doing on that header. he barely jumped to contest the header and whiffs at the header with renteria. if he doesn't get lazy and actually jumps, the miscommunication never happens in the first place. petke took the blame for the third goal, but i think he did that to not put the kid under so much pressure and scrutiny which will lower his confidence and could be detremental to the kid if he's not mentally tough. i just think ream deserved a lowered grade then petke but they both played awful. on a day we could have used our defense to play well, they fail us smh. i also think ur grade on angel was a little harsh. i actually think he played a pretty good 1st half. he wasn't as effective in the second half but throughout the game he actually showed more hustle and a willingness to make a difference in the game. now his first touch could be better but thats another story. i think he did well coming to the middle to retrieve balls and attempt to create offense but like everyone knows, that shouldn't be his job and until we get a “true center mid”, he might feel impelled to drop that far back to get the ball and try to create something offensively cause unfortunately, no one else on this team is doing it.

  3. a.k.a. Snugg Digemz Says:

    JP mentioned on ESPN that Miller played some CM in Norway. he's not that much of a stranger to the position I guess. I wouldn't say it was a complete failure, but I wouldn't go back to it.

  4. nando Says:

    i agree with most of ur ratings although i think u were “a little harsh on petke, granted he should have done better with the first goal but then again, ream also shares the blame for that one cause gaven was right in between petke and ream. ream was in no mans land…..on the third goal, u see ream call off petke and he doesn't clear it out but before the gaffe, what was ream doing on that header. he barely jumped to contest the header and whiffs at the header with renteria. if he doesn't get lazy and actually jumps, the miscommunication never happens in the first place. petke took the blame for the third goal, but i think he did that to not put the kid under so much pressure and scrutiny which will lower his confidence and could be detremental to the kid if he's not mentally tough. i just think ream deserved a lowered grade then petke but they both played awful. on a day we could have used our defense to play well, they fail us smh. i also think ur grade on angel was a little harsh. i actually think he played a pretty good 1st half. he wasn't as effective in the second half but throughout the game he actually showed more hustle and a willingness to make a difference in the game. now his first touch could be better but thats another story. i think he did well coming to the middle to retrieve balls and attempt to create offense but like everyone knows, that shouldn't be his job and until we get a “true center mid”, he might feel impelled to drop that far back to get the ball and try to create something offensively cause unfortunately, no one else on this team is doing it.

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