I'm trying something different this week, splitting the player ratings out from the rest of the reactionary pieces and match reviews. Something else that's different this week is that there weren't really any players who stood out in a drastically positive or negative way. Rather there was a range in the middle.
You know what that tells me? That a draw was the proper result.
The center back pairing of Dejan Jakovic and Ethan White did a great job of holding last year's second highest scoring team to just a single goal. They're to be commended for that, and Juan Pablo Angel was a virtual non-factor. Jakovic had his best game of the season to date, and in his first MLS match, White certainly didn't look out of place. A goal-line clearance is a nice way to kick off your MLS career. Welcome to the league, and welcome to No. 3 on the CB depth chart.
Charlie Davies continues to be the difference-maker for D.C. United. He comes in the game, United scores. Its really that simple. He hadn't done much prior to winning the penalty kick, but as long as he continues to average better than a goal per game, we don't mind too much.
Lots of folks have mentioned the curious nature of the Najar-for-Korb substitution, but how about when Ben Olsen brought in Branko Boskovic for Dax McCarty? Was there an injury we weren't aware of? Or was Olsen just not that happy with the performance of his captain? Regardless, I wasn't as disappointed with McCarty as many of you apparently were. McCarty had a nice through ball to Wolff that almost led to a goal, while Boskovic also had a nice through ball that did lead to a goal.
In his return to action, Bill Hamid proved that the starting goalkeeper position should be his to lose for the duration of the season by turning in an entirely adequate performance. I'm not sure that this was the type of match where Pat Onstad would've cost us a point though.
For all his good traits over the past three games, one moment of error mars the record of Chris Korb. He failed to mark Chris Wondolowski on the goal. No wait. It wasn't a high-powered goal-scoring machine like Wondolowski. We'd forgive Korb for that. It was freakin Mike Magee! C'mon man!
As has often been the norm, Santino Quaranta's crosses were off. And forcing his team to finish the match with just 10 players definitely doesn't help his case.