Player Ratings: In a rather sleepy perfomance, FC Cincinnati drew the Philadelphia Union 0-0. Both teams combined for one lone shot on goal and further brings up questions about Jurgen Locadia’s finishing ability as he failed to put another close shot on target.
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)
Richey was only tested once late in the second half when Sergio Santos hit his shot just wide off the post. He probably would have put a hand to it if it was on goal, but that was the only thing that threatened the FC Cincinnati goal all night.
LWB- Andrew Gutman: (6)
Gutman did what was required defensively but needs to find that final ball in the attacking third. He was three of eight in the final third and just fails to pick up the final pass quickly enough.
LCB- Tom Pettersson: (7.5)- Man of the Match
Pettersson isn’t putting a foot out of line for the Orange & Blue. He had six clearances, five interceptions, and four tackles. He made things difficult for forward Andrew Wooten, who failed to get off a shot.
CB- Kendall Waston: (7)
Waston led the team that picked up its fourth shutout at home this season. To shut out a team like the Union is tremendous, and you have to give Waston a ton of credit for leading the line. He was also tough offensively and nearly got the team ahead on a set piece late in the match.
RCB- Nick Hagglund: (7)
Hagglund followed up his Team of the Week with another solid match. He didn’t put a foot out of line and won six interceptions. He tried to hit some long balls but failed to connect. That will be the next step if he wants to remain in the Starting XI.
RWB- Joseph-Claude Gyau: (6)
Just a very average night for Gyau. He didn’t make much happen for the club on a putrid night offensively. He makes things happen with his feet but needs to improve on his decision making on balls into the box. Too often its effort wasted.
CM- Haris Medunjanin: (6)
Medunjanin had a solid but quiet match. He has performed better than expected on the defensive side of the ball, picking up four interceptions and three clearances. I’m still waiting for him to unlock defenses consistently with his long passing.
CM- Frankie Amaya: (7)
I’m still looking for more in Amaya’s distribution getting the ball into the attacking third, but his defensive stats were terrific. He had eight interceptions and won all four of his tackles. Amaya needs to be careful with loose tackles. The young midfielder picked up his sixth yellow of the season late in the match.
CAM- Allan Cruz: (5.5)
Cruz created one of FC Cincinnati’s only chances but outside of that moment was largely ineffective. I was excited to see him behind the two strikers, but he wasn’t as dynamic as he has shown off the bench in weeks past.
FW- Jurgen Locadia: (5.5)
People will say 5.5 is too low, but I see this as another below-par performance for the designated player. Locadia failed to put the ball on the net on Cruz’s cross into the box into the side netting. He worked hard but played shockingly deep, trying to pick off the ball but failed to do much with it. Most of Locadia’s distribution was side to side, and he failed to put any of his four shots on goal. I think he needs to be higher with a strike partner playing between the centerbacks. When he’s alone or too deep, his possession is too often wasted.
You are the DP striker, you are expected to score. The honeymoon period is over.
FW- Brandon Vazquez : (5)
Twelve touches, little impact. With Locadia so deep, it was a simple job for the Union centerbacks to keep him in line. We didn’t get to see Vazquez and Locadia play off each other as they did so well in New York.
Sub- Yuya Kubo (68th Minute): (5.5)
Yuya Kubo came in for Vazquez midway through the second half. He failed to make much of a difference in the match. Really was expecting a fresh Kubo to attack the Union backline, but it failed to materialize.
Sub- Mathieu Deplagne (80th Minute): (N/A)
Deplagne subbed in for Hagglund and pushed Gyau a bit higher up the field.
Injury Notes: Saad Abdul- Salaam (ankle), Siem de Jong (calf), and Jimmy McLaughlin (ankle).
Out: Kamohelo Mokotjo (work visa), Alvaro Barreal (work visa) and Przemysław Tytoń (travel quarantine).