Player Ratings

Player Ratings- FC Cincinnati at New York Red Bulls

Brad Weigel grades FC Cincinnati’s individual performances in Saturday’s 1-0 victory at the New York Red Bulls.

Player Ratings: FC Cincinnati took the lead in the season series with a 1-0 win over the New York Red Bulls. The away side was on the front foot for most of the match and held the lion share of dangerous chances. Haris Medunjanin scored with an Olympico in the 85th minute to give FC Cincinnati its third win of the season.

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), Who Scored, and Stats Zone 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- Spencer Richey: (6) 

With Przemyslaw Tyton having to return to Poland midweek, Richey got his first start since March. He didn’t have to do much and made his only real save late in the 84th minute when Kyle Duncan got behind the FC Cincinnati back line.

LCB- Tom Pettersson: (7)

Really love his positioning. He made two key interceptions early to clear the danger. He goes unnoticed but is really turning into a solid player. He had 93.5% passing, three clearances and interceptions. Quickly becoming a figure coach Jaap Stam writes in pen in the starting XI.

CB- Kendall Waston: (7)

Waston’s performance was much like Pettersson’s. He was quiet but strong, giving the Red Bulls little in the box. He had three clearances and didn’t commit any fouls to hurt the club. Great to get a win to commemorate his 151st start in MLS.

RCB- Nick Hagglund: (7)

Played wonderfully in his first start of the year. With some inside help, he has the freedom to go into some challenges he would otherwise be at risk in. He won four tackles, seven interceptions and three clearances. You could see his confidence build as the match went on. Does he start going forward? I’d say no because he completed just 60% of his passes, but you could do a lot worse for a fourth center back in MLS.

LM- Andrew Gutman: (6)

Got forward a lot more up the left and was a problem for the Red Bulls. He just seemed to miss the final pass or read several times. Let’s discuss the 87th minute counter where FCC was 3v2. Jurgen Locadia was wide open down the right, and Gutman waited too long and FC Cincinnati missed the opportunity. It’s a lot of little things like this that are holding the club and offense back.

CM- Yuya Kubo: (5.5)

Kubo has been thrown all over the starting XI, and it shows. He is a step off, and some of his touches seem off. You do see flashes as to why the club made him a designated player with his nice feed to Brandon Vazquez below. It was almost as if this match would have benefitted from a healthy Siem de Jong with his ability to control the ball with time.

CM- Haris Medunjanin: (7.5)- Man of the Match

Even if you took out his amazing Olympico, he was so good all night. The Red Bulls didn’t pressure much up the middle and allowed Medunjanin to spray balls all over the pitch. He hit a long ball on Locadia’s first chance and had other dangerous moments to free up the attack.

RM- Frankie Amaya: (6)

Amaya flowed underneath the attack and did well to try and pick out passes in midfield. You can’t overstate his hustle, but at some point, we need to start to see more. Amaya needs to be a bit sharper to be the difference-maker. Something is just lacking with his final ball.

LW- Jurgen Locadia: (5.5)

Another night without a goal for Locadia, but he got into dangerous spots, and it looks like a goal could come at any moment. He had a crafty flick of the ball off his head to create the first chance when Medunjanin hit a long ball forward. His second chance looked like he forced it instead of calmly possessing for the correct shot. He’s getting so close, but until he puts a couple in, the doubts will continue.

FW-  Brandon Vazquez : (6)

Vazquez did some of the dirty work so Locadia could flow freely underneath. He put a ball into the back of the net again but was inexcusably offside. He needs to be aware to hold his run. He later missed a 1v1 with the Red Bulls keeper that he needs to put in the back of the net. I’ll give him a little leeway because it was his first start, but if he wants to keep playing, he needs to make those chances count.

RW- Joseph-Claude Gyau: (6)

FC Cincinnati looked more dangerous up the opposite side of the field from Gyau, but he still had a solid match. Too often he is the only player looking to attack the opposing defense. He created one chance but was ultimately held in check.

Sub- Allan Cruz (78th Minute): (7)
It can’t be overstated how FC Cincinnati looks more dangerous with Allan Cruz on the pitch. In his short time on the field, he created two chances in open play. He looks confident and the club will benefit when he is cleared for 90 minutes.
Sub- Caleb Stanko (90th Minute): (N/A)
Stanko came in for Vazquez late.
Sub- Maikel van der Werff (90th Minute): (N/A)
Maikel van der Werff came on the field when Hagglund was forced off due to cramping.
Injury Notes:  Saad Abdul- Salaam (ankle), Siem de Jong (calf), and Jimmy McLaughlin (ankle).

Out: Kamohelo Mokotjo (work visa), Alvaro Barreal (work visa), Przemysław Tytoń (travel quarantine), and Mathieu Deplagne (yellow card suspension)

@bradleysweigel for @CincySoccerTalk

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