While the Philadelphia Union's draw against the San Jose Earthquakes was a bit of a disappointment, it wasn't for lack of good performances by the Union. There were several nominees for our Brotherly Game Week 8 Philadelphia Union MVP, although one stood out above the rest.
Nick Youngstein: Tranquillo Barnetta. He pulled the strings, and his passing allowed Sebastien Le Toux the space to send his crosses in.
Jared Young: Barnetta was involved in pretty much every chance. Too bad the defense couldn't hold. Barnetta and Chris Pontius have to start but I think they need to take a look at Le Toux on the wing. I'd go Ilshino at this point.
Matt Albaugh: Barnetta, he was all over the field making plays and did a great job of keeping the attack going.
Drew Gobrecht: Just to be different I'll say Pontius for his goal.
Trey Madara: Josh Yaro, it may sound crazy but he stepped up and took control of the defensive backline with some huge stops and big physical play. I've been one of his biggest critics but he definitely showed that he shook his nervous first few matches. Changed my opinion on him. Especially getting into that tussle with Wondo after his tackle on Keegan Rosenberry.
John Rossi: Barnetta. He was constantly looking forward and was involved in both the goal and the play leading up to the corner.
Andrew Stoltzfus: Barnetta has been impressive this season and it was no different this week.
Hard to argue with the majority here. Tranquillo Barnetta is the best field player the Union have and when he went off, the Union's offense sputtered. He's an irreplaceable part of the Union's offense - and he's the Brotherly Game MVP this week.
Congratulations Tranquillo for being the Brotherly Game Week 8 MVP!
Previous weekly MVPs:
Week 7 CJ Sapong
Week 6 Andre Blake
Week 5 Tranquillo Barnetta
Week 4 Ilsinho
Week 3 CJ Sapong
Week 2 Chris Pontius
Week 1 Andre Blake