Player Ratings

Player Ratings- FC Cincinnati at Philadelphia Union

Brad Weigel has his grades ready in FC Cincinnati’s 3-0 loss Wednesday at the Philadelphia Union.

Boy, I remember when this used to be fun.

FC Cincinnati fell 3-0 to the Philadelphia Union behind goals from Ilsinho (59′), Alejandro Bedoya (73′), and Jack Elliott (80′). The Orange & Blue held the lion’s share of the possession on the night, but several lost opportunities coupled with the Union putting away their chances led to a third straight defeat. Greg Garza and Jurgen Locadia were casualties on the night, with both picking up injuries that look to keep them out for the foreseeable future. 

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


  • Each player starts off with a 6 as a 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 statistics 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 onto the ratings:

GK – Przemysław Tytoń: (5.5)

Not much Tyton could do once again. He made three strong saves in the first half, but his offense let him down from there on out. He kept them in the match early, and that’s what you expect your keeper to do. 

RB – Mathieu Deplagne: (4.5)

You don’t clear the ball to the top of the box. Let me repeat, you don’t clear the ball to the top of the box! When you do, bad things tend to happen. Deplagne is making way too many juvenile mistakes that you would expect young players to make. He shows nice flashes in passing (48-52) and notched four tackles, but his mistakes can’t overcome the rest of his play. I don’t know what coach Jaap Stam does from here, but maybe you give Zico Bailey or Saad Abdul-Salaam a run out to see if they are worth keeping around for 2021.

CB – Maikel van der Werff: (5)

I don’t have much beef with van der Werff’s performance. He was the unfortunate victim on Ilsinho’s goal as the ball deflected off his shin. On Bedoya’s goal, the team was late coming back, but the centerbacks forced Brenden Aaronson inside to pick up more defensive support, but the rest of the team conceded too much space, giving Bedoya a relatively uncontested shot. 

CB – Kendall Waston: (5)

Waston is who he is. He’s a beast in the box but isn’t the most mobile. We know he has quality, but the 4-3-3 doesn’t suit his skill set. I’m interested to see how the midfield forms in front of him with Kamohelo Mokotjo and if they can take some of the pressure off the backline. Until then, Waston will be victimized by players like Aaronson who are just quicker. 

LB – Greg Garza: (5)

Poor guy is made of glass. Garza had to leave the match in the 30th minute with a leg injury he picked up trying to stop a Philly counter in the 25th minute. 

RCM – Frankie Amaya: (5) 

A bit surprised Amaya gave way when Mokotjo and Alvaro Barreal came into the match, but it wasn’t a great night for the youngster. He was sloppy in possession and gave the ball away too easily. You can’t do that against a tough Union squad with a slow backline of FC Cincinnati. 

CM – Haris Medunjanin: (5.5)

Is Medunjanin made for this squad? No. But the midfielder continues to show his quality and is holding up well with this congested schedule. He led the team with 87 touches, and I liked how he was willing to drop back into a defensive position when FC Cincinnati got forward.

LCM – Allan Cruz: (4.5)

Allan Cruz feels like a man without a position. Right now he’s being asked to play as an advanced midfielder, but he’s not getting on the ball and creating enough. Fourteen passes in 62 minutes from one of the main attacking threats isn’t good enough. Right now, like Yuya Kubo, I’m not sure what Stam does with him. 

RW – Joseph-Claude Gyau: (6)

Gyau was noticeably frustrated in his post-match interview, and he deserves to be. He had a solid first half, but the rest of the team crumbled around him in the second half. He had three shots, two on target, and completed all but one of his 29 passing attempts. Has to be tough for him mentally with little support on the field. 

ST – Jürgen Locadia: (5)

I’m tired of writing “at least he still tries” for Locadia each match. It was more of the same old thing for him, and now he may be out a couple of weeks with a pulled hammy. Maybe it will help him calm down and get his mind right. I feel bad for Locadia and still think there is something there, but it’s just not working right now. 

LW – Yuya Kubo: (4.5)

I think we found the guy who is going to give way for Barreal when healthy. Your left wing designated player in a 4-3-3 has to do better than completing just three of six passes in the opponent’s final third, especially when your team has 57% of the ball. I’ve lost hope in him at this time. Enough said. 

SUB – Zico Bailey (30th Minute): (6)

Zico Bailey was the first of two players to make their FC Cincinnati debut Wednesday night, and I thought he acquitted himself well for his first MLS match. I think he definitely has a ways to go to match the physicality of the league, but it was good to see him grow into the game as it went. On the Bedoya goal, he was the closest to the play, but I don’t put it on him. He was one of the few players back and nearly blocked the shot. Is he a starter? I’d say no, but he showed me enough that I’m not scared to see him as a sub. 

SUB – Kamohelo Mokotjo (62nd Minute): (5.5)

Mokotjo came in and immediately slotted in alongside Medunjanin in place of Amaya. Honestly, his performance didn’t do much for me and was overshadowed by Barreal’s play. He was good on the ball and completed 19 of 20 passes. Still finding his way without playing much in the past year. 

SUB- Alvaro Barreal (62nd Minute): (6)

Alvaro Barreal made his debut on the right-wing for FC Cincinnati. He was one of the few positives on the night with his creative play. He showed a tenacity that has been missing largely by the club this season, winning six duels. It will be interesting to see if Stam opts for Barreal from the opening whistle Sunday against Toronto. 

SUB- Brandon Vazquez (76th Minute): (N/A)

Vazquez came in when Locadia had to be removed with a potential hamstring injury. He didn’t find much of the ball and had six touches on the field. 

Injury Notes: Siem de Jong (calf), Jimmy McLaughlin (ankle).

Out: Nick Hagglund (COVID-19), Tom Pettersson (Mono).

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