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First Kick player ratings

Posted on 21 March 2009 by arozsa

The first game of the 2009 Major League Soccer season was an unbridled success for everybody but the New York Red Bulls. Juan Carlos Osorio’s lineup was a disappointment on just about every level with only Jeremy Hall providiing anything resembling a bright spot. Otherwise, it was almost as if last season’s playoff run hadn’t happened, with the team more closely resembling the pathetic display in the 2008 regular season finale at Chicago. ASN’s Adam Rosza divvies up the grades. Keep in mind these are on a score of 1-10, with 10 being highest.

Player Ratings – RBNY @ Seattle

Cepero – 5 – Likable kid, who was alert off his line to snuff out a lot of danger. But the top American goalkeepers have the reach to save the first one, and the reflexes to parry the second.

Boyens – 4 – Quick hook, but probably paid some for Goldthwaite’s sins. Looked sluggish and heavy-footed.

Petke – 4 – Tried hard, and was on his own much of the second half, but is very limited on the ball as Fredy Montero proved. Has the same speed as the rest of the NY defence…which is trouble.

Mendes – 5 – Battled hard and won his share of tackles, but lacks the pace and offensive instincts to play right back.

Goldthwaite – 4 – Looked several steps off the pace much of the night. Got caught ball-watching on the first goal, and his crossing was absolutely awful.

Pietravallo – 3 – How does a player run this much while covering so little ground? Lacks focus and purpose with and without the ball. Failed to track Brad Evans out of the midfield on the second goal. One wonders if his presence on the roster is necessary when Stammler and Celades return.

Ubiparipovich – 5 – Invisible much of the night…often seemed lost trying to figure out what his midfield partners were doing.

Rojas – 5 – Needs workers behind him doing all the dirty work, because he won’t be bothered with defending and simple connecting passes. The more space he had around him, the better he looked. Had a fierce volley parried over the bar.

Richards – 5 – Bottled up most of the night, but looked dangerous at times. Needs to learn how to work with an overlapping fullback to create space.

Kandji – 5 – Smooth on the ball and fast, is much more effective with the ball at his feet going towards goal. Got abused with his back to goal.

Angel – 6 – Showed an alarming lack of pace. When he wasn’t getting service, he dropped back into the midfield to get the ball, leading to NY’s best sequence.

Hall – 6 – Great debut. Added much needed speed to the backline.

Borman – 5 – Provided quality service from the left hand side…to nobody!

Pretty ugly! ASN’s Seattle Sounders writer did the identical exercise with that team’s players, albeit with predictably different results. Check those out here.

Let us know what you think of the RBNY grades by commenting below.

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