Union fans showed their appreciation for a clean sheet and a defender scoring the lone goal by rating all five defenders in the top six players in the fan poll for the latest win against DC United. In a mild upset Andre Blake beat out goal scorer Richie Marquez for the top fan vote getter, but Richie Marquez was the overall MVP when compiling all of the Union player ratings. Blake's sensational save was his challenging save but he came out aggressively a number of times to clear balls sent in by the United offense. Here are this week's results.
This week alongside the PSP and Whoscored we welcome Kevin Kinkead's player grades for Philly Voice. All of the graders were generally disappointed with Chris Pontius' performance as he was tabbed the LVP overall. Warren Creavalle was rated lowest by the fans.
Joshua Yaro's played what was unanimously considered his best game. He completed 85.7% of his passes, cleared six balls, made three interceptions and a tackle. The best defense in the Eastern Conference now sports two rookies on their back line and they will be difficult to supplant. The Union's decision to draft Yaro and Keegan Rosenberry #2 and #3 in the SuperDraft is looking very impressive.
What did the computer see that the human eye did not?
It certainly appears as though fans rated Barnetta based on his past performances because all indications were that this was a rough start for 'Quillo. Here's a look at his passing chart which reveals a completion rate of just 64%.
Almost every pass into a dangerous area was incomplete. The majority of Barnetta's complete passes were out wide and/or backwards. According to Whoscored, Barnetta was dispossessed four times and had six unsuccessful touches. Both of those numbers are extremely high for any player in one game. D.C. United successfully disrupted Barnetta and the Union's offense suffered as a result.
On the flip side Warren Creavalle may have had a better performance than fans gave him credit for. He completed a modest 70.6% of his 34 passes but defensively he led the team with five tackles and tallied four interceptions and blocked two shots. He also contributed a key passes, which is a pass that leads to a shot attempt.
The Union have three games in the next eight days and will likely examine their bench before taking a break for the Copa America Centenario. It will be good to potentially see Ilshino and Roland Alberg get more work with the midfield.