During the Philadelphia Union’s 4-0 win over the New England Revolution, it became apparent that anyone in a Union kit was having a great game. Four different goalscorers. A defensive unit that turned in a clean sheet. Subs that came in and changed the flow of the game. But who was the MVP? I polled the staff at Brotherly Game and here’s what they said:
Evan Villella: Chris Pontius for doubling the lead, getting his tenth goal and just looking like a threat all night.
Nick Youngstein: Fabinho. Great contribution to the offense, and did well to keep Andrew Farrell outside with his runs, and generally shut down that wing.
Matt Ralph: Tranquillo Barnetta. Dude was everywhere all night long, drawing fouls, starting attacks and putting pressure on the defense with his set pieces.
Barry Evans: Barnetta because of everything Matt said. It makes a huge difference him being in the more forward role, he never really has to think twice about going at the defense. While nowhere near MVP, Alejandro Bedoya had a good game, did everything he needed to well, and even showed some dribbling ability which is a different angle than Vincent Noguiera had. For the first time since Noguiera left, we looked perfectly balanced again.
Doug Gobrecht: Barnetta was great so I'll choose him. He only stood out a little bit more than the rest of the team. It was a good overall performance from everyone. Interchanging passing. Spreading the ball around. It looked good.
Drew Gobrecht: I pick Fabinho. That wonderful bald bastard had one of his best games as a Union player
While it really could have gone to anyone, it looks like the majority has spoken. Congratulations to Tranquillo Barnetta on being the Brotherly Game Week 23 Philadelphia Union MVP!