In his second start, Tranquillo Barnetta earned his first Brotherly Game fan MVP for his performance against the San Jose Earthquakes. Barnetta was the field general and playmaker that set up the Union's lone goal. However, when compiling all the sites that score Union players, it was Chris Pontius that earned the overall honors. That's the third time Pontius has been the overall MVP while he has never been voted top player by the Brotherly Game fans. Here's a look at the overall scores including the analysis from Philly Soccer Page.
Josh Yaro finds himself at the bottom of the list this week, most likely for the ill-advised step he took toward Simon Dawkins that gave the midfielder the space to drill his equalizer. However, Yaro showed a lot of the promise he showed when the Union drafted him in January.
The passing of Josh Yaro
San Jose unabashedly attacked down the right side of the Union defense, right at the rookie duo of Keegan Rosenberry and Yaro. They spent nearly 50% of their attack (48% to be exact) down that side. As a result Yaro saw alot of the ball. Here are the resulting passing charts of Yaro and his center back partner Riche Marquez.
Yaro had 64 pass attempts, just one fewer than Vincent Nogueira who led the team and completed an impressive 85.9% of his passes. On the other hand Marquez completed just under 70% of his 43 attempts. You can see that Yaro was more successful than Marquez passing into the attacking half as well. Yaro and Rosenberry handled that attacking pressure well and Yaro played a lot on the ball and showed he could distribute. It's too bad the one play overshadowed his performance.
This week's sign the AI apocalypse is upon us
While Union fans debated between Barnetta and Pontius for Union MVP, the servers over at Whoscored were crunching numbers that selected Warren Creavalle as the best player. Hmmm. They must have missed his whiff of Dawkins right before Yaro's. That play aside, Creavalle did have a nice game statistically. He racked up a gaudy 6 tackles and 9 interceptions while completing 82% of his passes. While Whoscored does make you scratch your head at times it can make you challenge what you think you saw in a game. Fans generally panned Creavalle's performance due to the one gaffe but overall he did impact the game positively.Perhaps more than we thought.
The Union have the weekend off as they prepare for the LA Galaxy's visit to Talen Engery Stadium next Wednesday.