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It was a messy affair for both teams Saturday night, and while the Union had some chances to earn a (likely undeserved) point late in the game, they ultimately fell short.
Andre Blake — 7
For chrissakes, please don’t get hurt, Dre. Blake did well to come off his line often, but it’s a bad sign when he has to put himself in such physically precarious positions so often.
Keegan Rosenberry — 4
A surprisingly sloppy performance from Rosenberry. His night was plagued with a number of giveaways and lost 50-50 battles, and he failed to get forward for much of the game. Not his fault Rivas was played onside on the opening goal, but he was unable to recover.
Oguchi Onyewu — 4
For the first time this season, Gooch was noticeably off-pace. He had a few solid tackles at the top of the 18, but failed to impose his will on Cyle Larin and Carlos Rivas. Got totally turned around on the second Larin goal.
Richie Marquez — 6
Yet another solid match from Marquez. Cool, calm, and collected, he handled everything that came his way with composure.
Fabinho — 2
A rough night for Fabinho. Beyond playing Rivas onside for the first goal – and subsequently losing a footrace to Larin – he was continually beaten and hit aimless long ball after aimless long ball to relinquish possession. His glimpse of the back of Larin’s jersey for the Orlando striker’s brace cemented the outcome of his evening.
Haris Medunjanin — 6
Did well to distribute when called upon, but failed to break Orlando’s empty bucket midfield and solid backline shape. Was nice to see him push forward a bit more than previous matches. His corner delivery put some dangerous balls in the box, though no one in white got on the end of one.
Derrick Jones — 4
I’m going to be a little harsh on Jonesy because you can absolutely see what he’s capable of. Again, he fiercely marauded the center of the pitch with gusto, but his engine often took him out of position while chasing down attackers. He too caught the seemingly team-wide bug of poor passing and frivolous turnovers that spoiled the Union’s ability to control the ball or the game. He simply needs to be more confident offensively.
Alejandro Bedoya — 4
Was all over the pitch, but with little to show for it. As the game progressed, his forays into the final third became more dangerous, though ultimately benign. Would expect him to bring more composure to the midfield when the team is as disjointed as they were throughout the match.
Fabian Herbers — 5
After a terrific performance last week, Herbers was entirely absent in the first half. Came back stronger after the break to see more of the ball and set up the goal before being subbed off for Ilsinho.
Chris Pontius — 4
Pontius’ game revolves around him popping up in good spots and taking opportunistic looks on goal. That simply didn’t happen enough Saturday evening.
CJ Sapong — 6
Did well to take his goal, but did very, very little outside of that in his first start of the year.
Ilsinho (60’) — 6
It was good to see Ilsinho back on the field. Worked hard and drove at defenders when given the opportunity, and was unlucky to see his effort hit the post as the game wound down.
Alberg (77’) — N/A
I tend not to fault Alberg because he’s not getting much thrown his way, but he’s not exactly exerting himself either.
Picault (86’) — 5
Just for that terrific ball to Bedoya in stoppage time. Would like him to find some real estate for more long runs up the wing, but it’s hard when his minutes come in opponents’ bunker time.
Fotis Pazakos – 5
I mean, after last week a sentient jock strap would have been a welcome sight in a yellow shirt. Pazakos called a fairly even game in a rough and physical match.
Player of the game
Andre Blake. Might as well just keep this here week after week.