After leading the Union to a comeback victory with his goal in stoppage time on Saturday, it’s no surprise that Alejandro Bedoya received the most votes in our Community Player Ratings poll.
With only minutes left in stoppage time, Ale was able to score the winning goal against FC Dallas. Bedoya was able to do this by receiving a beautiful lifted pass from Ilsinho, taking the ball by two defenders in the 18-yard box and putting it past Dallas keeper Jimmy Maurer. He would afterwards celebrate the goal by performing a baseball swing for a home run in front of three Philadelphia Phillies players, who were in attendance that evening in the supporters section.
After an impressive game, Alejandro was named to the MLS team of the week and was up for goal of the week, coming in second place with 17 percent of the vote. As a natural two-way player, Bedoya is becoming comfortable in the Philadelphia Union’s new attacking formation. Ale received an average vote of 4.57 out of 5 with a total voting points of 594.
Looking further down the list, Ilsinho and Jim Curtin were virtually tied for second place, with a 4.39 average rating, Ilsinho receiving one more point then Curtin which gives him the second place spot.
Ilsinho seems to be in great form when he comes in for relief in the second half. He is able to use his quick ability to get past a defense with tired legs at the end of a match. Defenders view him as an obvious threat and he often has the advantage of pulling defenders out of position, giving other Union players space to get in behind the defense.
The view of Jim Curtin is appearing to be getting better, the fans have been rating Curtin pretty high in the past few weeks. With the current success the Philadelphia Union have, winning three straight, Curtin appears to be getting a good amount of the credit.
Jamiro Monteiro also received some high praise this past week, receiving an average rating of 4.26, which is quite remarkable since he only played for 12 minutes. He was subbed in for Ray Gaddis to come in to shake up the game, and that is was Jamiro did. After taking a hard shot on goal he was able to start a chain of events that led to Burke scoring a goal off of Fabian’s blocked Penalty kick.
It is obvious the fans of Philadelphia want to see Jamiro Monteiro in the starting line up for the team but who would he replace? Curtin appears adamant to keep the young Brenden Aaronson in the line up. Medunjanin’s starting position could be in jeopardy, unless we see a three-defensive back formation.
At the bottom of the vote is Marco Fabian, the most expensive player on the roster currently. With another blocked penalty kick and another yellow card, Marco is having some bad luck.
The Union travel to face LA Galaxy Saturday night at 10:30 p.m. eastern time. Check back at the Brotherly Game after the match to submit your ratings for each player.