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Rank and File: Union at Toronto

I finally came up with a name for our weekly fans' player ranking survey. It's not as catchy as Schuylkill 16, but I think it works well enough.

Rank and File: Union at Toronto

I finally came up with a name for our weekly fans' player ranking survey. It's not as catchy as The Schuylkill 16, but I think it works well enough.

Before getting to this week's results, a follow-up to yesterday's Take Two post. I got a clarification from U.S. Soccer on Chris Seitz's foul that resulted in the game-deciding penalty kick, and it was the right call.

The key thing is that Seitz tackled O'Brian White without touching the ball. Had he played the ball, it might not have been a foul - there are scenarios in which it could have been a foul, but it would have been far less likely.

Also, a word about this week's schedule. As many of you know, the Penn Relays are this weekend. I liveblog the event every year on Soft Pretzel Logic, and this year will be no different.

Unfortunately, Saturday's featured races coincide with the Union's 4 p.m. kickoff at Red Bull Arena. You may have heard that men's 100-meter world record holder Usain Bolt will be running for Jamaica in the 4x100 USA vs. the World relay.

That race is scheduled to go off at 2:50 p.m., and I do not want to miss it. There will be many more chances to get to Red Bull Arena, but who knows if Bolt will ever come to Franklin Field again.

So my plan right now is to watch Bolt's race, then go to 30th Street Station and get on the first train I can catch towards Newark. I figure I will get to Harrison at halftime of the soccer game, and I'll launch a live chat once I get to press row.

The game will be broadcast on Telefutura and Live Well HD, the secondary digital channel of WPVI. So it won't be too hard to find.

With that taken care of, let's get to this week's fan player rankings. If you'd like to participate, email me and I'll add you to the list.

Goalkeeper

Chris Seitz: 2.46
- "Not sure how Seitz's defenders are going to spin this one.  He has all the physical tools to be a solid goalie, but one wonders what's going on inside his head at times." (Nathan Marinoff)

Defenders

Cristian Arrieta: 6.08
- "Arrieta and Harvey have been steady on defense and are also providing some nice runs for crossing or finishing." (Chris Lane)

Danny Califf: 2.38
- "A seasoned veteran with international experience should not make the mistake Califf did. Especially when he's wearing the captain's armband." (Gary Smith)

Jordan Harvey: 7.15
- "Smart blindside run for the goal. Hope he comes forward more." (Brad Youtz)

Michael Orozco: 5.92
- "Held his own at CB for the full 90. Cleared the ball and distributed well for most of the match. Left Seitz all alone on the play that drew a PK." (Ed Fagan Jr.)

Shavar Thomas: 3.85
- "When he was drafted I figured he was a sure starter, but now that we've seen him so easily beaten, we know why he's coming off the bench and why Nowak was looking at Stahl to play center back." (Alex Seldin)

Midfielders

Fred: 6.77
- "Fred continues to impress in the midfield and is a catalyst in the offensive third due to his great first touch and vision on the ball" (Jeff Prigge)

Andrew Jacobson: 5.62

Stefani Miglioranzi 6.08
- "He possessed and distributed well and had a great first half. As the team changed strategy he played a more defensive role, which also did reasonably well." (Ed Fagan Jr.)

Amobi Okugo: 4.57
- "Okugo is hopefully watching the experienced Miglioranzi who does all the little things a holding midfielder should." (Jeff Prigge)

Roger Torres: 8.08
- "Continues to be the one stirring the drink. Great touch on his assist to Harvey." (Brad Youtz)

Forwards

Sebastien Le Toux: 5.77
- "With Torres and Le Toux leading the way, the attack was fun to watch and even looked stylish at times." (Nathan Marinoff)

Alejandro Moreno: 5.55
- "Didn't get many chances having to play down a man. He can usually create a few things offensively and didn't get enough opportunities." (Ed Fagan Jr.)

Let's close the post on a more entertaining note. Saturday's Chivas USA at Houston Dynamo game had two great moments: a spectacular long-range goal by Lovel Palmer and a funny goal celebration by Dominic Oduro. Watch and enjoy.

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Jonathan Tannenwald Philly.com
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