CJ Sapong stole the hearts of the Union faithful this week as fans voted him this week's top player. His brace was the highlight of an impressive overall performance against the New England Revolution. Fans preferred Sapong's two goal performance to last week's performance by Chris Pontius, giving Sapong an overall 8.9 rating compared to Pontius' 8.5 last week. After Sapong, the fans showed their love for the Union's clean sheet, as their next four players were all defensive focused. Here's who fans picked as their top players this week:
Seventy eight percent of fans put Sapong at the top of their list. Andre Blake had another strong performance despite netting only two saves as nearly 50% of the fans voted him a top player. Only Roland Alberg didn't receive a single top player vote from a fan. Here's how all the sites voted this week.
Sapong was the universal number one player getting a perfect 10 from the folks at Philly Soccer Page and a monstrous 9.38 from the machine at Whoscored. The biggest surprise overall this week was the play of Warren Creavalle and Keegan Rosenberry, who ranked third and fourth respectively when compiling all the scores.
Man versus Machine
This week's sign that the apocalypse is upon us occurs when looking at Fabinho's rating from Whoscored. While fans and PSP generally yawned at his solid if unspectacular performance, Whoscored downright fawned over it giving him a score just .05 lower than Sapong. Huh?? Let's dig in. Fabinho had a nice assist on the first goal but otherwise completed a pedestrian 71% of his passes. Part of that was due to missing on all seven of his passes launched more than 25 yards. But Fabinho had a very strong string of defensive statistics, compiling eight interceptions, six tackles and six clearances. A stat line like that from a full back is indeed rare and perhaps his defensive efforts were under appreciated.
The machine disliked Ilshino's performance, ranking his game the worst of the starting eleven, while PSP called his performance out as the most important to the Union's success. Ilshino failed to compile impressive stats but he did track Revolution fullback defender Chris Tierney all match, and that's an effort the machine might miss.
The Union have a bye this weekend as does most of MLS during the international weekend. Andre Blake and Jamaica will have a home and home World Cup qualifiers with Costa Rica, while the United States has their home and home WCQs with Guatemala.