Player Ratings: Kansas City at Philadelphia

Posted on 04 September 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Frustrations abound so the game recap will be laid out by the following player ratings. A relatively decent game by all players involved but the season-old issue persists. One huge mistake dictates the course of the game. Let us just focus on the player ratings…

GK: Chris Seitz (5)

Pretty sure-handed all around as several balls that came in were somewhat dangerous. However, when called into serious action, Seitz left things exposed. Davy Arnaud saw the keeper off his line a little bit and curled a shot far post. He was called on several times after that as the Union pressed forward but these types of mistakes are costly. Piotr Nowak has a decision to make for next weekend and it sounds like he is leaning in one direction.

DR: Michael Orozco Fiscal (6)

Orozco Fiscal was quiet and, for him, that’s impressive. He was doing his job, distributing, keeping Ryan Smith in check. Right at the onset of the second half, he was forced to make a dramatic diving stop on Smith after the Wizards attacker had rounded Seitz. In the late stages, the right-back had a chance to push forward a fast moving counter attack but he couldn’t corral a switched ball.

DC: Danny Califf (6.5)

The Wizards attack rarely threatened Califf the biggest reason for that. His physicality was kept in check as he dealt with two big strikers. Had no trouble with distribution today.

DC: Juan Diego Gonzalez (5.5)

Blown by early on, exposed by Ryan Smith’s speed, but made up for it with a decent sense of positioning. He still looks shaky back there but held his own against a big Teal Bunbury and Birahim Diop duo.

DL: Jordan Harvey (6.5)

Harvey was active up the left wing working with high energy and helping wake a sluggish offense up early on. Between Orozco and Harvey, either their conditioning has improved to the point where they can not get caught up as often or these guys have figured something out.

MR: Justin Mapp (7)

Mapp can run an organized, confident attack at times or he can be a frustrating player in his nonchalance and laid-back approach. He was impressive today, however, directing traffic. If anything at all came out of today, it’s that Mapp should probably be starting. He’s provides some of the same creativity and excitement of Torres without the uncertainty of whether or not he can execute his idea.

MC: Amobi Okugo (7)

Starting in place of the injured Eduardo Coudet, Okugo took some odd touches early on – still working on those early game jitters it seems. Once he settled down, the 19-year old asserted himself well in the middle. Probably his best match of the season and put in a decent enough performance to warrant another look.

MC: Stefani Miglioranzi (6)

Miglioranzi unleashed a beauty of shot in the 27th minute and quarterbacked a central midfield that received passing grades on the day. The veteran did what he had to do to win the midfield, stopping up any central runs and distributing loose balls out wide. It was nice to see a Union player take a troublesome

ML: Andrew Jacobson (6)

Gave way to Roger Torres at the half and I’m not sure why. He wasn’t Fred on the wing but he certainly held his own. He was the logical midfielder to take out but not when you’re a goal up and Roger Torres is notorious for being a defensive liability.

FC: Danny Mwanga (8) ASN PHILLY’s MAN OF THE MATCH

If it weren’t for Jimmy Nielsen, Mwanga could have had two on the day. It would be tough not to call him Rookie of the Year at the moment. He matures every game out. The 19-year old kept Kansas City’s defense on their toes all game and his assist to Le Toux was calm and composed after a 50-yard run. The best thing about Mwanga was his close-quarter dribbling. Impressive all-around.

FC: Sebastien Le Toux (7)

Le Toux was given one of the easiest goals this season in the 33rd minute thanks to the work of Danny Mwanga on the wing. The Union all-star’s mutually beneficial relationship with the rookie is now most certainly the hottest strike tandem in the league. So much so that even if Moreno gets healthy enough again, we can’t imagine him breaking this partnership apart.

Substitutions:

Roger Torres (5)

Came on at the half for Andrew Jacobson. It’s clear his feet can’t quite carry out what his mind is coming up with. On several occasions, he had an easier, more direct route but he opted for the flashy chip or pass against the grain. Needs to work in simpler manners, especially if he’s going to be the defensive liability that he is.

Jack McInerney (N/A)

Philadelphia Union Starting XI

——————————-Seitz———————————–

Orozco F.———-Califf———–Gonzalez————-Harvey

——————Miglioranzi——–Okugo————————

Mapp——————————————————Jacobson

———————-Mwanga——-Le Toux———————–

Kansas City Wizards Starting XI

—————————–Nielsen———————————-

Harrington——-Conrad———–S. Thomas———Espinoza

——————-Rocastle————Auvray———————

——————————-Arnaud——————————–

————-Bunbury——-Diop——R. Smith——————-

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