Philadelphia Union vs. Chivas USA: Player Ratings

Posted on 26 September 2010 by Breton Bonnette

A helpless Zach Thornton...

The Union bucked recent trends and converted their chances on Saturday, dispatching Chivas USA with a 3-0 scoreline. Fred, Alejandro Moreno, and Seb Le Toux provided the fireworks while Brad Knighton, with help from a rock solid back four, recorded his second shutout in three league appearances.

Philadelphia Union Starting XI

————————–Knighton—————————–

Williams——–Califf————Orozco F.———Harvey

————————-Miglioranzi—————————-

Le Toux——————–Fred————————Mapp

——————Mwanga———Moreno——————–

GK: Brad Knighton – 6

The FC Dallas fiasco probably flashed before his eyes mid way through the first half after a through ball found Alan Gordon barreling down on Knighton and net. A well-timed and luckily feet-first tackle kept Gordon from capitalizing. Wasn’t fully tested again until the 89th minute when he parried a rifled shot from Alan Gordon. Post-match, Nowak was more than satisfied with Knighton’s presence in goal, “I think right now he has all the confidence to be #1 in goal”.

DR: Sheanon Williams – 7

The whole team looked to be a bit rusty after two weeks off but Williams especially. The youngster has pace, however, and the ability to track back after an errant touch or two. His long throw continues to be dangerous as was his pace. Williams almost got on the end of a Fred cross in the 56th minute after pushing forward. His man-to-man marking is shaky at best, showcased midway through the second half. Luckily, Alan Gordon isn’t known for his medium to long-range shots.

DC: Danny Califf – 7.5

Shut down Alan Gordon after being isolated. Not the hardest thing to do but it was vital as Gordon was the most energetic for Chivas during the first half. The central pairing of Califf and Orozco Fiscal kept things quiet for Brad Knighton and it was a performance certainly worthy of the captaincy.

DC: Michael Orozco Fiscal – 7

Solid the brunt of the game. Lost his mark, however, early in the second half leading to a wide-open Jesus Padilla look at net. Padilla mistimed the volley thankfully sending it wide of Knighton’s net. Orozco Fiscal dealt with the Goats’ danger man Justin Braun (9 goals) well though, keeping him silent and far from Knighton’s net.

DL: Jordan Harvey – 7

Harvey had a good day, getting into the attack and wreaking general havoc on the Chivas backline. It was ensemble performance for the back four but even in spite of a shaky start, the fullbacks were particularly dangerous throughout the whole match. Tracking back, at times, was an issue as Lahoud and Sal Zizzo were able to jumpstart counterattacks after Harvey was caught forward.

MR: Sebastien Le Toux – 8

Even though things weren’t as organized as usual on the offensive end, Le Toux’s motor was once again running beautifully. He’s dangerous up top but his work on the flanks really got to the Chivas USA defense. Both him and Mapp were able to deliver better than usual crosses with his efforts paying off right before the end of the first half. Le Toux and Moreno renewed their partnership early in the second half with a couple well-played combinations. Despite the 2-0 scoreline, Le Toux didn’t let up. After a foul he suffered, Seb deflected the free kick off the Chivas wall and right past a wrong-footed Thornton. Only a minute later, he almost added with a rocket from the outside.

MC: Stefani Miglioranzi – 7

An understated game. Decent distribution and not afraid to get in the mix. Miglioranzi, even without Coudet or Jacobsen in the first half, was able to clog up the midfield and shut down guys like Paulo Nagamura. He rarely gets the credit but his play as of late allows Le Toux, Fred, and others room to really go at the opposing defense. Migs at times was almost acting as a third centreback, shutting down passing channels and picking up loose balls .

MC: Fred – 7.5

His quarterbacking of the Union offense was part at best in the first half but, surprisingly, Fred was back quite a bit and made some key poke tackles at the top of the box. Right before the half, after a low Le Toux free kick, Moreno feint, and Zach Thornton parry, Fred ushered home the rebound to make things 2-0. Probably one of Fred’s best performances in a Union uniform.

ML: Justin Mapp 6.5

Plagued with the same bad touch in the early moments but made up for it with pinpoint accuracy on his dead balls. His corner found Moreno for the first goal of the match. He delivered several deep free kicks into the danger area. Probably should wind up the set piece taker from the corner as well as kicks 30-40 yards out.

FW: Danny Mwanga 5.5

His touch was all over the place early on and looked a little out of place. His touch impeded forward progress on several occasions. Had a couple promising moments but all in all it was Mwanga’s first forgettable appearance in a long time. Replaced by Jacobson at the half.

FW: Alejandro Moreno – 8.5 *ASN Philly’s Man of the Match*

Sheer determination almost saw Moreno power a diving header past Zach Thornton in the 18th minute after a beautiful cross from Seb Le Toux. That determination did pay off in the 25th minute after Moreno muscled home a fade away header off of a well delivered Mapp corner. The goal did wonders as Moreno continued to threaten throughout the first half also providing the flick on that ultimately led to Fred’s goal. It was good to see Moreno at 100%. Scored points with Union faithful post-goal by kissing the badge.

Substitutes:

Andrew Jacobson – 7

Came on for Danny Mwanga at the half, pushing Fred left and Le Toux up front. A great performance all around although his passing was a bit heavy for the most part but he supplies a defensive presence that Coudet cannot. His service of the forwards and overall vision is improving. Frustrating Paulo Nagamura.

Amobi Okugo – N/A

The youngster came on in the 74th minute for Fred.

Roger Torres – N/A

Replaced Justin Mapp in the 77th minute.

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