If you don’t score when you are in control of a match, you leave yourself open to unfortunate things happening. FC Cincinnati showed signs of improvement Saturday night, but it was Minnesota United and Aaron Schoenfeld taking advantage of their chance in the final minute of the match to earn three points for the visiting team.
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 – Spencer Richey: (6)
Spencer Richey was back healthy and in goal for FC Cincinnati. He only faced three shots on target and came up big in the 36th minute to keep the match scoreless. Bad break on the last-minute goal to cost him and the defense the clean sheet.
RB – Zico Bailey: (6.5)
Really liked what I saw from the 20-year-old right back. FC Cincinnati finally had someone dynamic on the ball from that position, and you could see his confidence build as the match carried on. Bailey has taken the opportunity given to him, and if you are FC Cincinnati, you might want to stick him in the weight room this offseason and see if he can develop physically.
CB – Tom Pettersson: (6.5)
Saturday night was another typical Pettersson performance. He completed 88 of 90 passes, had four clearances, and a pair of interceptions. Hard to ask for much more from your center back.
CB – Nick Hagglund: (6.5)
FC Cincinnati should have walked out of Nippert Stadium with at least a point after Nick Hagglund made a nice play to stymie Reynoso in the final moments. Unfortunately, the ref didn’t see the play and awarded Minnesota a corner erroneously that led to Schoenfeld’s goal. If FC Cincinnati is in evaluation mode, Hagglund has to have earned himself a place on the team next season. I’m not saying he’s a starter but at his roster budget charge, he is a nice option for coach Jaap Stam to have in his tool kit.
LB – Andrew Gutman: (6)
Played well on both sides of the ball. He had a careless giveaway in the 35th minute that fortunately didn’t cost the team with Finley putting his shot over the bar. Have to like his hustle, highlighted by this play below. He also picked up four clearances, three tackles and an interception.
CM – Kamohelo Mokotjo: (6.5)
If you want a big reason for seeing growth in the last few matches, you have to point to Mokotjo. He is so calm on the ball but plays at a pace that has been lacking in midfield. He is growing into the passing game as he becomes more familiar with the system. I can’t wait to see him with a full complement of players around him.
CM – Haris Medunjanin: (6)
This play below was so good by Medunjanin. I wish there could have been more chances this season like this. If he returns or not, I will forever be a fan of Medunjanin.
AM – Frankie Amaya: (5)
I just haven’t seen the creativity to think that FC Cincinnati can count on Amaya in an attacking midfield role. He’s really unable to help FC Cincinnati get anything going in the box. Not sure what the plan is for him going forward. Right now, I think it’s a rotational spot in midfield.
RW – Alvaro Barreal: (6)
Barreal did a nice job to create the chance in the 31st minute, but his chip went well over the goal. Not a bad performance from the young winger, but he needs to do better to get this shot on net. That play was pretty much the FC Cincinnati attack in a nutshell.
ST – Siem de Jong: (5.5)
Tale of two halves for de Jong. The Dutch attacker notched five shots in the first half but none in the second. I think a lack of fitness had a large role to play in that matter, as he has mostly featured off the bench lately. My biggest gripe is that just one of the five shots were on target. In the 39th minute he had one of FC Cincinnati’s best chances, and he skied it well over the bar. Not putting the ball on target has killed the club this season.
LW – Joseph-Claude Gyau: (5.5)
Minnesota took Gyau out of most of the match. His one main contribution was the chance that de Jong skied over the bar in the 38th minute. Gyau had three touches in the final third, and FC Cincinnati has to do better to get one of its most dynamic players on the ball.
SUB- Jurgen Locadia (58th Minute): (6)
Locadia returned from injury to take over for Alvaro Barreal at left wing. He looked dangerous early getting an early chance that forced a nice save by Dayne St. Clair. He had a couple of other chances early in his appearance, and then he seemed to disappear. I’m glad he got on the field to get some touches. Now I’ll be interested to see what he can do in the 4-3-3 that Stam is building.
SUB- Rashawn Dally (90th Minute): (N/A)
Dally came on late for Frankie Amaya.