D.C. United had come into their third competitive game after being eliminated on a 3-1 aggregate to Liga MX side Queretaro and started off decently but eventually faded against the LA Galaxy, with the 4-1 result surprisingly showing both the last 15 minute collapse of the D.C. side while showing some longer term promise in attack.
And with that, on with the ratings!
Andrew Dykstra - 4
Taylor Kemp - 5.5
Led the team in interceptions, second in tackles and clearances, tied for the lead in key passes on the night. Passing accuracy could have been a bit better, but was fine on the night.
Steve Birnbaum - 6
At one point looked like he was going to come off because he was banging his head into every Galaxy player there was, but managed to hold his own on defensive actions and passing, despite looking like the Mummy for the last two-thirds of the game.
Bobby Boswell - 4.5
Sean Franklin - 6
Chris Rolfe - 5.5
Nick DeLeon- 6
Marcelo Sarvas - 5.5
A key pass, a shot, had the most passes of anyone on the night for DC (his 58 were a third more than DeLeon or Franklin) while turning in an 84.5% passing accuracy number, and chipping in 11 recoveries in his half of the field, which, after Jason's discussion of Sarvas' recoveries a couple of weeks ago, should hopefully illustrate some of what his value to the team can be. Put another way, here's the passing from DeLeon and Sarvas last night:
Now, here are Perry Kitchen and Davy Arnaud in a random game last year:
Lots more certainly in getting the ball outside to the wings or forward this year than last. If you find yourself in the 'I don't care what the results are like, so long as we play better!' crowd, start looking here.
Patrick Nyarko - 4.5
Luciano Acosta - 5.5
Lamar Neagle - 5
Fabian Espindola (Sub) - 5
Miguel Aguilar (Sub) - 5.5
Julian Buescher (Sub) - 5
Man of the Match
Going with DeLeon, but there are a few long-term folks to keep an eye on.