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Rate the U: Andre Blake continues to stand tall for the Union

Blake was the highest rated in our Community Player Rating Poll for the third time in four games

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Another clean sheet, another honor for Andre Blake in the Philadelphia Union’s 2-0 win over Chicago Fire as the reigning Goalkeeper of the Year topped our Community Player Ratings poll for the third time in four league games.

Blake finished with an average rating of 4.47 from the match, following by goal-scoring center back Jakob Glesnes with an average 4.29 rating. The other goal scorer in the match — Cory Burke — rounded out the top three with a 4.09 average rating.

Blake has now topped the poll, which we only conduct for regular season MLS matches, 13 times in the last two seasons. He finished with an average rating of 4 in the NYCFC loss and topped the poll after the scoreless draw against the Columbus Crew in Week 1 with a 4.69 average rating.

While the Union picked up two goals against the winless Fire, attackers did not fair well in the ratings from the match with Kacper Przybylko, Anthony Fontana and Sergio Santos all finishing among the bottom four.

Now for the questions:

What was the most important play of the match?
-Burke’s goal
-The second goal, gave the team insurance
-Blake’s save on a near post header saw the game out in a manner that is to be expected of a team that is vastly more talented than the opponent.
-The goals were nice but the save allowed for the easy finish to the game the team deserved
-Curtin sticking with Burke
-The Burke-Monteiro connection on the goal

What surprised you most (good or bad) about the match?
-Came to play full 90
-Cory Burke’s great scoring record against Chicago continues
-The team is a well-oiled machine right now athletically, but still has left a lot to be desired on the execution front
-Undisciplined in bust up
-Still finishing in the final third during first half
-Monteiro overplay was brutal
-Jack McGlynn could have done more on both shots on target, but otherwise I was surprised how naturally he fit in. Definitely earned the start.
-More possession by Union
-How Bedoya can continue to play 90
-McGlynn start
-Jack McGlynn defense
-Santos not making very big impact
-Anthony Fontana needs to find a role before the Summer transfer window. He just appears out of the game.

What other comments do you have about the match?
-Chicago’s XI today was one of the least talented XI’s I’ve seen for a non-expansion side in a while
-Santos. Ugh.
-Would have loved for Kacper to stay in scoring form, but a W is a W, and that’s what I love about this team.
-Might not be the same one stepping up every game. Monterio quality, McGlynn can play and Glesnes solid again
-Flach at the 6 position is good, nice surprise
-It was awesome. I flew to Chicago, just to go to the game and the team came up and high-fived me
-Silly, silly yellow cards could hurt if they accumulate at the same time.
-Passing was inconsistent with too much fanciness at times.
-I think that McGlynn needs to work on shooting with his weaker right foot. Could have had a pair if he didn’t wait.

Rate the U: Chicago Fire Away, May 8, 2021

Player Total Avg.
Player Total Avg.
Andre Blake 152 4.47
Jakob Glesnes 146 4.29
Cory Burke 139 4.09
Leon Flach 138 4.06
Jim Curtin 137 4.02
Jack Elliott 134 3.94
Olivier Mbaizo 133 3.91
Alejandro Bedoya 129 3.79
Jamiro Monteiro 128 3.76
Kai Wagner 119 3.5
Jack McGlynn 119 3.5
Kacper Przybylko 116 3.41
Anthony Fontana 103 3.03
Sergio Santos 98 2.88
Matt Real 97 2.85