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Philadelphia Union at Houston Dynamo Player Ratings

Posted on 30 May 2010 by Breton Bonnette

The Union surprised an incredibly tough Houston home team last night coming from behind to win 3-2 in the dying moments. It was the #1 draft pick Danny Mwanga that grabbed the gamewinner all thanks to the unwavering work ethic of both Alejandro Moreno and Sebastien Le Toux. The win now puts the Union at 2-5-1. Player ratings are based on a 1-10 to scale with 10 being the highest.

GK: Chris Seitz , 6

Arguably there was very little Seitz could do on the restart goals from Brian Ching and Eddie Robinson. He made several fantastic saves. The one that stands was the near post save on Danny Cruz after he was through with a one-on-one opportunity.

DR: Cristian Arrieta, 5

Aside from the fact Arrieta couldn’t handle youngster Danny Cruz (and that’s a big fact), he was a fair distributor of the ball from the back and got forward well on occasion. Cruz was a tough one to cover all game and Houston realized that. On numerous occasions, the Dynamo found space in between our defensive line and our center mids making us vulnerable to that through ball. Arrieta was burned due to collective defensive positioning but managed alright overall.

DC: Danny Califf, 6.5

Califf did his job as a captain, there’s no doubt about that. This was the most organized we have seen the defense including Nakazawa and Migs in the middle. One couldn’t help but chuckle – and hold your breath for fear of a card – on the bodycheck of Houston’s Danny Cruz.

DC: Michael Orozco, 5

Incredibly shaky early on in defense. Orozco calmed things down a bit in the second half even though, upon replay, it looks like he was the one outmuscled on Brian Ching’s second-half equalizer. Not sure it would have mattered who it was defending Ching on that play as he clearly had an angry eye for goal.

DL: Jordan Harvey, 6

A serviceable appearance from Harvey although it seems he has more than solidified the left-back position. He gets forward well, has begun to minimize his problems with distribution from the back, and he hustles.

MR: Shea Salinas, 8, ASN’s Man of the Match

The real spark tonight. Salinas was all over the place. Aside from some technical problems here and there and wayward passing, he was constantly a problem to Hainault and Mulrooney on the flanks. His chip of Onstad was outright gorgeous. Gassed after that first half’s effort.

MC: Stefani Miglioranzi, 5.5

Not his best game. Migs was sloppy all over the field and made some rather untidy tackles that aside from his early season ejection were pretty uncharacteristic of him.

MC: Kyle Nakazawa, 6

With the performances of both Salinas and Nakazawa, Torres coming in off the bench sounds like the best idea. Nakazawa’s pace and placement on set pieces marginally outweighs Torres creativity and skill. Nakazawa’s defense is getting better each start out as well. Clearly still needs a lot of work but he’s turning into an interesting central midfield prospect.

ML: Fred, 5

He’s supposed to be the veteran playmaker and we’re not really seeing any of that. There was too much running into traffic or trying to force passes that just aren’t there. Didn’t have the same presence on the left flank that Salinas had on the right.

FC: Alejandro Moreno, 6.5

That work rate never dies. For example, getting harried and hassled along the right flank in the final moments of the game, Moreno still had the composure to find a streaking Sebastien Le Toux. That simple pass eventually led the gamewinning goal. He is the heart and soul of this tough Union squad.

FC: Sebastien Le Toux, 7

Seba grabbed his fifth goal of the season but most of his work, believe it or not, was done off the ball. Houston’s defenders were forced to track him creating . That connection with Moreno plenty of times in the game and it seems to be getting stronger. The last time they connected it was on the give and go that led to Le Toux’s right flank run and subsequent gamewinning assist. Early on, though, Le Toux was out of sorts.

Substitutes:

FW: Danny Mwanga, 7.5

Comes in mid second half and provides the assist on Seb Le Toux’s equalizer before Le Toux returns the favor and sets the rookie up with a gamewinning sitter. There is still much that is raw about Mwanga but it’s clear the goal vs. FC Dallas has calmed the nerves. It’s amazing what a little confidence will do for somebody.

MF: Roger Torres – 6.5

Until he stay consistent for the full 90 minutes, this super sub role really helps him. He’s able to go full out without worrying too much about whether or not he has enough left in the tank. It was Torres’ chip to Mwanga that set up Le Toux’s equalizer.

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