For the second week in a row, Philadelphia Union captain Alejandro Bedoya received the highest rating in our Community Player Ratings poll.
Coming off of what felt like a fairy tale win against FC Dallas a couple of weeks ago, Bedoya took his momentum into LA last Saturday night and even though the Union lost 2-0, Bedoya did what he could to keep the blue and gold in the match. The game was a hard one for us to watch but I am sure it was a hard game to play; it seemed everything was going wrong for Philadelphia that night, such as an injury to Marco Fabian’s ankle, a second yellow shown to one of our core defensive players, questionable calls all while facing the lion Zlatan Ibrahimovic and one of the strongest midfields in the league.
The Union also had to travel a crossed country to face The Galaxy.
Bedoya kept his team in the game for most of the match, coming out of half time with a wicked shot that hit the wood work, a few dangerous passes into attacking positions, and getting pulled back to play a defensive position during a tactical change from Jim Curtin. Bedoya as a two-way player is fitting well in this system.
The fans gave Bedoya an average rating of 3.65 out of 5, which is not great compared to last week’s rating of 4.57, but when you lose, you lose.
At the bottom of the table this week is Fafa Picault, Marco Fabian, Auston Trusty and Cory Burke. All but Trusty have been finding themselves at the bottom of the fan ratings a good amount this year. It is obvious the fans want to see more out of these attacking players and have high expectations. Will they match the expectations of the fans soon, or will changes have to be made?
All focus now turns to the Saturday afternoon game, when the Montreal Impact come to Chester. The Impact currently sit in third place in the Eastern Conference and The Union sit in fifth, with just one point behind the Impact. These are the games that will matter by the end of the season.
Thank you to everyone who voted, and don’t forget to tune in after the match on Saturday to vote in week eight’s Rate the U.