After every match this season, the staff here at The Bent Musket will be putting together player ratings. Ratings are on a 1-10 scale, with 5 representing a thoroughly average performance, and 6 a decent/capable showing. The final ratings will be averages of individual ratings from Steve Stoehr, Corey Major, and Brendan Schimmel. Matty Jollie and Abram Chamberlain had to sit this one out.
Matt Reis: Average Rating - 6.17 (Steve 6, Corey 6.5, Brendan 6)
Steve: There were moments where a more clinical opponent might have had him, but stayed solid and rebounded from a poor midweek performance...Corey: Certainly deserves the plaudits in this one. Had a big night...Brendan: Solid night, came out more aggressively to play balls in the air.
Kevin Alston: Average Rating - 5 (Steve 5, Corey 5, Brendan 5)
Steve: Unspectacular on the left as he was on the right. Oddly, almost seemed more comfortable with the option to cut in on his right...Corey: Still a play-killer, even on the left. Same hustle he always brings, but kind of would have liked to see Polak get a run out since, you know, none of this matters anymore...Brendan: Best cross of his life came from his left foot? What?
Darrius Barnes: Average Rating - 5.83 (Steve 4.5, Corey 6.5, Brendan 6.5)
Steve: Bailed out by poor Philly finishing. Made at least two glaring early-game errors, giveaways leading to scoring opps. Cleaned it up in the end, but can't avoid the fact that he was mostly lucky not to be a goat here...Corey: Straight up deserves another start. Has made the most of his limited opportunities all season...Brendan: Confident in the air and confident on the ball. Good to see you again Mr. Barnes.
Stephen McCarthy: Average Rating - 5 (Steve 5, Corey 5, Brendan 5)
Steve: Good moments, but general influence on the game was thoroughly average...Corey: Would like to see him step up into a more commanding role on the backline, particularly when AJ is out. He had an average night overall...Brendan: Saved from exposure due to lack of speed by some timely, lucky tackles.
Florian Lechner: Average Rating - 4.83 (Steve 5, Corey 5.5, Brendan 4)
Steve: Made mistakes, though he looked better defensively in spots. Underwhelming...Corey: Looked a little grittier and hungrier than I think we're used to, but I realized also that maybe we've been giving his crossing ability too much credit. A number of crosses and long-balls went to absolutely no one...Brendan: Very bad at times, clear his teammates have limited confidence in him. I did enjoy him getting people's faces and acting a leader. Offside trap fails inexcusable. Lechner will not improve riding the pine and it appears he'll require game minutes if he'll ever improve. Risk. Was the scouting team over-rewarding him because they recognized the clubs he played for?
Lee Nguyen: Average Rating - 4.5 (Steve 4.5, Corey 4.5, Brendan 4.5)
Steve: Having trouble remembering any real impact he had on the game. That's not a good thing...Corey: Relatively quiet night, not as creative as he could have been...Brendan: A lot of touches that didn't lead to many opportunities tonight. I think it was Matty that said he is almost as comically right footed as Sene is left footed.
Benny Feilhaber: Average Rating - 5.17 (Steve 5, Corey 5.5, Brendan 5)
Steve: Lively at times, absent at times. Seems a little bit like he's checked out...Corey: Active early but faded as the game went on. Minimal improvement over his July and early August performances...Brendan: Balls didn't seem to hit the intended target at the intended time tonight. If the balls were over-inflated it hurt Benny's game the most. Never got a good look at net. Still too much arm flailing at the ref.
Clyde Simms: Average Rating - 4.5 (Steve 3.5, Corey 5, Brendan 5)
Steve: I don't know what's worse; 59.09% passing, or only 22 passes attempted. Rampant giveaways, wasn't plugging the lanes, subbed off early, probably due to ineffectiveness. Funnily enough, hasn't looked good since Shalrie left...Corey: Eh. Average, I guess? Can't really put my finger on Simms lately...Brendan: He's getting tough to rank. Good support play, seems to be able relieve his mates getting pressured all night.
Fernando Cardenas: Average Rating - 5 (Steve 4, Corey 6, Brendan 5)
Steve: Thought it was telling that Heaps basically called out Cardenas in the press conference for not staying wide, and basically ignoring tactics/instructions. Not enough influence, positioning that would make Alston blush...Corey: My favorite element of the midfield all night. Worked hard on defense at times and was a catalyst on offense. Minimized his poor decision-making which is nice to see...Brendan: His rating started higher but quick drop off in tenacity as time wore on. He and Rowe are both confusing as they play great as subs to warrant starts but neither can hack it a full 90.
Jerry Bengtson: Average Rating - 6 (Steve 6, Corey 6, Brendan 6)
Steve: Did a lot of thankless hold-up work all night...Corey: Still very encouraged by what we may be able to get out of this guy with a pre-season under his belt. I have high expectations...Brendan: Ebbs and flows between menacing and lackadaisical for me. Like to see him rip a shot. Wish he got to the back post on Simms cross in the first half.
Diego Fagundez: Average Rating - 4.67 (Steve 5, Corey 5, Brendan 4)
Steve: At times looked very good, but struggled to get on same page with Bengtson...Corey: Was pretty involved and worked really hard, but wasn't really able to make any sort of mark, which has sort of been the story of his season (minus the extra-time game-winner vs Seattle)...Brendan: Out of sync with some passes and runs.
Ryan Guy (sub): Average Rating - 4.83 (Steve 5, Corey 5, Brendan 4.5)
Steve: Effort, hustle, leadership. Unfortunately, very little end product...Corey: Box to box effort, but never really made any significant difference...Brendan: Flew around the field but failed to settle a golden opportunity on the 18'.
Kelyn Rowe (sub): Average Rating - 5.67 (Steve 5.5, Corey 5.5, Brendan 6)
Steve: Instantly gave the team what Cardenas wasn't: width. Still couldn't spark the winner, though...Corey: Looked hungry. I think he really wants to succeed on this team, which is nice to see and more than I can say for others. I like his energy and his attitude. I'm hopeful for this kid's next season...Brendan: Off the bench he was a pest on the right side all night sending balls in. Yet our strategy should have been keeping the ball on the ground as we were getting abused by in the air by Philadelphia.
Dimitry Imbongo (sub): Average Rating - 5.83 (Steve 5, Corey 6, Brendan 6.5)
Steve: Funny to watch. One or two moments of great hold-up play, and a heck of a shot, but punctuated with comical touches...Corey: Made a case to be, at the very least, a starting replacement for Sene moving forward. He's got some talent. Looking forward to seeing him convert it to goals at some point...Brendan: Pleasantly surprised with ability on the ball tonight. Seeing how physical the first half was I think his size should have been incorporated far earlier in place of Diego.