Player Ratings

Player Ratings: FC Cincinnati at Columbus Crew

The Columbus Crew waxed FC Cincinnati 3-0 Sunday in front of 1,500 at MAPFRE Stadium. Brad Weigel has his grades for the match.

FC Cincinnati lost to the Columbus Crew 3-0 in the capital city Sunday night. The first half ended 0-0, but the Crew came out on fire in the second half, scoring three goals. Luis Diaz came on to set up the Pedro Santos goal in the 52nd minute. Fanendo Adi failed to provide much of a difference, but the second-half sub, Gyasi Zardes scored two second-half goals off the bench.

Check out Cincinnati Soccer Talk’s post-match report here for more details.


  • Each player starts off with a 6 as the standard rating. Six signifies an “average performance” for the match.
  • Players will receive additions or subtractions to their score based on individual moments and the overall team performance.
  • We’ll look at multiple criteria such as stats and the Audi Player Index (API) to assess a player’s rating.
  • A player may receive an N/A  if they are subbed in/off before any quantifiable statistics are available.

Now on to the ratings:

GK- Przemysław Tytoń: (5.5) 

I feel bad because Tyton didn’t get much help in front of him. There wasn’t much he could do on the first two goals, and on the third he made the initial save. FC Cincinnati conceded three goals but honestly not much you could fault with him.

LWB- Greg Garza: (4.5)

Really ineffective going forward. Did well defensively against Youness Mokhtar but got torched by Luiz Diaz in the second half. Diaz burned Garza on the first goal for the Crew, getting past the backline to get the cross in. Thirteen of 18 passes were backward. Just didn’t provide the umph from the wide position.

LCB- Maikel van der Werff: (4.5)

Made a nice save early to keep Columbus off the board. He gets into dangerous scoring chances on set pieces. Just had a tough time once Zardes came in. He failed to get on the correct side of Zardes on his first goal, although I feel the issue lies in the pressure of the ball into the box.  Like what he does on the ball and feel he brings a lot of positivity to the club.

CB- Kendall Waston: (5)

I don’t think the sky is falling for FC Cincinnati. For most of the match, Waston did a great job in the box. When FCC switched to the 4-3-3, it was susceptible to the Crew attack. He got a bit too forward on the third goal, but Waston was disruptive in the box with five clearances.

RCB- Mathieu Deplagne: (4)

It’s kind of like nails on a chalkboard. I’m not sure there is a better player at this moment at the RCB position but I know he’s not it. He’s consistently a cylinder down on most plays. On the third goal he tried to chest it down and put just head out for a corner leaving Zardes to pick up the ball for a goal. It’s the damn little things that end up costing FC Cincinnati game in and game out!

RWB- Joseph-Claude Gyau: (6)

What do tigers dream of when they take a little tiger snooze? What does Gyau dream of with a team around him? He is the only player that makes opposing teams worry. Maybe he is a step slow tracking back but my goodness, who will create for FC Cincinnati?

CM- Frankie Amaya: (5.5)

Frankie is going to miss the New York City FC game, and it’s not really his fault. He leads the team in yellow cards, and it’s more due to the players around him being a step slow. What is he supposed to do?!

CM- Siem de Jong: (3)

At this point, outside a couple of flicks, I don’t see what he brings to the club on either side of the ball.

CM- Yuya Kubo: (4.5)

FC Cincinnati needs to get him moving laterally down the field. When he is forced to check back, his skills are wasted. I’d love to hear why coach Jaap Stam favors him in midfield over up top, even over Adrien Regattin. I just don’t get it short term, let alone long.

FW- Adrien Regattin: (4)

Adrien Regattin had another Regattin match. He was all over the pitch yet failed to contribute to a final ball. I feel he’d be a great sub, but he fails to set up the final piece and looks more like a super-sub than a starter.

FW-Jurgen Locadia: (4.5)

He got two shots, that’s two more than his last pair of matches. I know he’s a hold-up striker, but too often when FC Cincinnati gets the ball into zone 14 he isn’t there. Stam needs to figure out this offense, stat. No take-ons, one chance created. Not got enough, and it’s more than a Locadia problem. This is systemic.

SUB-  Haris Medunjanin (58th min.): (5)

Medunjanin came in for Kubo, and he tried to create but mostly didn’t get past the middle of the pitch. He’s a good player, but his skill set is wasted for FC Cincinnati.

SUB-  Andrew Gutman (58th min.): (5.5)

He made the initial block on the third goal. The biggest issue was his passing. That’s why I think Garza gets the start. Gutman is more dynamic to the eye but was 58% passing. He is improving with every minute, and I think he’s the starter but has more to prove if he’s the long term option at the spot.

SUB-  Brandon Vazquez (75th min.): (4)

No impact whatsoever. One pass in 15 minutes.

SUB-  Tom Petterson (75th min.): (6)

Came in as a sub for van der Werff. Fifteen of 16 in passing. Created one chance. Wouldn’t mind seeing him in place of Deplagne.

Injury Notes:  Saad Abdul- Salaam (ankle), Allan Cruz (back), Nick Hagglund (head), and Jimmy McLaughlin (ankle).

Out: Kamohelo Mokotjo (work visa), Alvaro Barreal (work visa).

@bradleysweigel for @CincySoccerTalk

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