Thursday, November 26, 2015

Rank and File: Union at New England Revolution

There's praise for Justin Mapp and Roger Torres in the latest edition of your Union player ratings.

Rank and File: Union at New England Revolution


A few quick tidbits before we get to your player ratings. First of all, the Union announced yesterday that Wednesday night's game against Chivas will be broadcast on Univision on a one-hour tape delay. I've yet to hear who the announcers will be, and whether they'll be on site or calling the games off monitors from Univision's studios, as often happens.

I do know that the announcing team will not be the usual MLS crew of Jorge Pérez-Navarro, Diego Balado and Iván Kasanzew. They will be on site at Gillette Stadium for the SuperLiga final between the New England Revolution and Mexican club Monarcas Morelia. That game starts at 7 p.m., which may be a factor in the Union game broadcast starting at 9 p.m.

We also learned yesterday what players will be on Chivas' roster for the game, and all 11 of the players who started the Copa Libertadores final will be on hand. The biggest names on the club right now are defender Jonny Magallon and forwards Omar Bravo, Adolfo "El Bofo" Bautista and Alberto Medina. Pay special attention to Bravo, as he'll be playing for the Kansas City Wizards in MLS next season.

The full Chivas roster is here.

Now for your player ratings from the Union's dramatic 2-1 win at New England this past Saturday.


Chris Seitz: 5.89
- "Seitz may wish to add additional tools to his current kit, which seems to consist of one option: falling over backwards as his opponent shoots and then yelling at his defenders." (Peter N.)

No, not that Peter N.


Juan Diego González Alzate: 5.33

Danny Califf: 5.00
- "Califf and Seitz need to communicate and command the rest of the back line so they know exactly what to do. Goals like the one from the corner just shouldn't happen." (Ed Fagan)

Jordan Harvey: 4.78

Michael Orozco Fiscal: 5.22
- "Quiet match defensively which is a good thing. Looked dangerous on the attack, but needs to watch his positioning for the offside law. " (Ed Fagan)


Eduard Coudet: 5.33

Andrew Jacobson: 5.00
- "Jacobson has a cannon of a shot, and I like seeing him take chances from distance, but they need to at least be on target to test the keeper." (Andrew Dillon)

Justin Mapp: 8.22
- "The Mississippi Maradona single-handedly won the game with his great pass to McInerney and pin-point finish in stoppage time."

Stefani Miglioranzi: 5.22
- "Lacks pace and presence in the attacking third, but seldom turns the ball over and led Le Toux perfectly midway through the second half for a great chance on goal." (Jeff P.)

Kyle Nakazawa: 5.00
- "Nakazawa is decent enough on set pieces, but isn't good enough yet to take on the attacking-midfielder role." Andrew Dillon)

Roger Torres: 6.22
- "When he came on, the Union's second half possesion started to look like it might actually turn into something... and then it did." (Isaac Blum)
- "Torres added some spark for the second half, and didn't seem to get muscled off the ball as easily." (Andrew Dillon)


Sébastien Le Toux: 7.11
- "Had a tough time up front in the first half and got some help in the second. His assist on the second goal was huge." (Ed Fagan)
"I was on a flight recently with the San Jose Earthquakes. Their coaches couldn't say enough nice things about Le Toux and Mwanga. Nice to see that the league appreciates what Union fans have recognized from day one." (Peter N.)

Jack McInerney: 7.67
- "Nice to see McInerney capitalize on his chance. This team could really benefit from more one-touch efforts of that quality." (Peter N.)

Danny Mwanga: 5.89
- "Like Le Toux, he also had a tough time in the first half. He was torn down by his shirt and got no call. He's starting to show some speed with the ball and it looks like he's still steadily progressing." (Ed Fagan)

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