D.C. United went into last week’s game with the New England Revolution missing several from their first choice XI, gave up a goal early, yet still managed to get a result in Foxboro with a 2-2 draw, even so far as controlling glimpses of the game. So they left Massachusetts feeling better than they did when the lineup was announced, yes?
I think so, but these are also your ratings, so gimme!
Bill Hamid: 6 | Community: 7.3 (MOTM)
5 saves (now leading the league in same with 30), with the 2 goals being a header he could do little about at point blank range, and another that required a change in awarding because it was also close and point blank. Not saying he stood on his head, just that there wasn’t much to do on those goals, and can we STOP making him work so hard?
Sean Franklin: 6 | Community: 5.96
His only shot was on target, was up field and could do little on the first goal, and was credited on the second for awhile. Had a tackle, 6 clearances, 5 recoveries defensively and offensively, also clocked a 75.6% accuracy number on 41 passes, the latter being the most on the night in a tie with the other outside back. Seemed to quietly love playing in his accustomed position.
Bobby Boswell (Captain): 6 | Community: 6.3
With the spotlight on him, 71% passing (16 of his 24 attempts were in his own end), chipped in 6 clearances, 3 recoveries, 2 interceptions and a blocked shot defensively. Maybe some performance bias inherent here, but looked OK?
Kofi Opare: 5.5 | Community: 5.45
In while Steve Birnbaum heals from a concussion, his 2 tackle attempts were successful, had 8 clearances, 2 interceptions (both team highs) and 2 recoveries on his end. Had 74% accuracy on only 19 passes, eve had a shot on goal that Cody Cropper had to deal with, but if you’re looking to check (and see) the goalscorer running level with you, it’s on you.
Maxim Tissot: 5.5 | Community: 5.7
Starting in place of the ill Taylor Kemp, should have done a little better job closing done Kei Kamara before the cross that led to goal 1. Had a respectable 68.3% accuracy passing wise, defensively had 6 recoveries, 5 clearances and an interception. Had not much of a gripe past that first goal, considering ceiling and all.
Jared Jeffrey: 6.5 (MOTM) | Community: 6.9
Scored that nifty little goal on his only shot of the game, and at 79.5% completion on 56 passes, nobody was as accurate, as active. Had 3 of 5 tackles, 2 interceptions, a clearance, a blocked shot and 9 recoveries. One of his better games in the CDM spot, and he’s going to need this week, as they all do.
Lloyd Sam: 6.5 | Community: 6.7
73.7% pass accuracy, including 5 key passes (2 were corners), excluding his nifty assist to Seba for goal 2. Connected on all 4 long balls and his only through ball, to go with 4 recoveries and an interception defensively. A fairly active night for him, one where he ended up on the scoresheet, woo.
Ian Harkes: 6 | Community: 6.57
Despite a 69% pass accuracy, had 2 shots ring off the frame and won 3 aerials. Had a tackle, an interception and 5 recoveries, continues to grow into the game at this level, despite having to do a bunch of different things.
Marcelo Sarvas (off 77’): 5.5 | Community: 5.6
Made 4 of 5 tackles, tacked 7 recoveries onto that performance, which included a 79% pass accuracy and won aerial. Didn’t look out out of place compared to early form in 2017, but feel like it’s not going to get much better than this with him.
Lamar Neagle: 5 | Community: 5.91
Led the team in aerials won (6), shots (3) and shots on goal (2). Passing was a mixed bag, but had 5 recoveries, 5 clearances and a tackle, and is also more his mean than anything else.
Sebastien Le Toux (off 74’): 6.5 | Community: 6.6
Great presence of mind to chip Cody Cropper after that phenomenal pass, took a beating up top too, with knocks to his elbow and leg that we know of. Of his 18 touches, 2 shots, connected on 11 of 13 passing on the night. Nice work Seba.
Jose Ortiz (on 74’): 5.5 | Community: 5.1
5 touches, a shot and a tackle in 20ish minutes. Eh.
Luciano Acosta (on 77’): 5.5 | Community: 5.1
5 of 8 passes, most to the outside players on runs, had a recovery to go with it.
You guys said Lee Nguyen was the best Rev on the night:
Jose Carlos Rivero - Referee:
Your voting gave Rivero an average score of 5.89.
So in talking about D.C.’s depth last week, and that they’d be missing (presumably) 3 starters from their lineup, I had no idea we’d be looking at a ton of guys making their first starts of 2017; you had Opare, Tissot, Neagle and Le Toux got their first starts to varying results, Sarvas made his first start in 3 weeks, things we going to be crazy.
Then the first half started playing and it was just that, with back and forth chances, guys you wouldn’t expect to get chances, getting them to mixed results. Whether it’s because D.C.’s second squad was good or the Revs (who played a midweek game with the San Jose Earthquakes) were bad remains to be seen, but in the consense that the game should be forgotten about is a sound one. I mean I’m sure he’s a nice person but Tissot isn’t starting in October, for instance.
Which means unfortunately the problems are still there as D.C. head down to Georgia and play the most productive offense in the League. It’s going to be one of those games where one can only rely on veteran guile for so long because the AUFC speedsters take a game over. Following this game on the road (where D.C. continue to have issues, result aside last week), D.C. hosts games against the bottom two teams in the East; the Montreal Impact and the Philadelphia Union.
With Acosta and Mullins at full speed, next to an impressive Sam and rapidly improving Harkes, the time to get a result and use that momentum to carry into the run of pre-Gold Cup matches would seem to be here, so let’s hope the boys in Black-and-Red respond accordingly.