Each week, myself, Matt Coyne, Tim Dean, Austin Fido, and you the fans will be able to rank the New York Red Bullssquad from best to worst. As you can see by the table below, the math for this is pretty simple. The four Once a Metro writers get a vote, and we add a fifth collective fan vote. We take a straight average of the votes, and rank the players accordingly. The Once a Metro staff also adds comments about each player, and I'll give some thoughts on how things shook out later in the article.
For the table, here's the initials you need to know:
- JI - Jason Iapicco
- TD - Tim dean
- MC - Matt Coyne
- AF - Austin Fido
Fan Vote from Week 11 can be found here.
|1||Thierry Henry||1||1||2||2||2||1||1.6||MC - Henry is still the Red Bulls' most important player.|
|2||Bradley Wright-Phillips||-1||2||1||1||1||10||3||MC - Who's down with BWP? Every last homie.|
|3||Lloyd Sam||0||3||3||4||3||7||4||MC - Sam's fallen a bit, but that's not his fault. He's still playing well. It's just a whole lot of other guys are playing well, too.|
|4||Jamison Olave||4||5||4||5||5||2||4.2||JI - The only reliable part of the backline, except on turf.|
|5||Luis Robles||-1||6||5||3||4||6||4.8||JI - Finally had a bad game at the same time as the defense. We can only hope this is a rare occurrence.|
|6||Roy Miller||1||4||6||6||7||5||5.6||JI - This team sorely missed Miller this week. While I don't wish failure on people, I kind of hope Costa Rica bows out of the World Cup early.|
|7||Eric Alexander||-1||9||8||7||8||4||7.2||JI - Alexander just doesn't fit this team as a central midfield for whatever reason.|
|8||Peguy Luyindula||-3||7||7||9||6||14||8.6||AF - It seems like every time he's gone, we miss him. Would be nice to see him stick around in one (central midfield) position for an extended run.|
|9||Dax McCarty||0||8||9||8||9||11||9||AF - Is he just a tad below his best, or simply struggling to carry the burden of adapting to a constantly changing cast of midfield partners?|
|10||Jonny Steele||1||10||10||12||11||8||10.2||AF - Cahill's absence is his chance to get back into Petke's good graces and the starting lineup. As his power ranking suggests, he's neither entirely in nor out at the moment.|
|11||Armando||1||11||12||11||10||13||11.4||AF - Much like his haircut, his playing style bridges the gap between "enthusiastic" and "reckless". Much like his haircut, observers seem undecided whether this is a good thing or a bad thing.|
|12||Chris Duvall||-||12||14||16||14||3||11.8||JI - Had a decent showing in his MLS debut. We'll probably see more of him this week with the short turnaround.|
|13||Bobby Convey||3||13||11||14||13||9||12||JI - Had a somewhat decent game on the back line, but he's no Roy Miller.|
|14||Kosuke Kimura||-1||14||13||10||12||12||12.2||JI - Had possibly his worst game so far this year. There's a reason Chris Duvall made his MLS debut this week.|
|15||Tim Cahill||-5||15||16||13||16||15||15||JI - While Peguy has pushed for Cahill's spot, the team could've used him against Toronto.|
|16||Ibrahim Sekagya||-2||16||15||15||15||16||15.4||MC - When you ride the pine, you drop down the power rankings. It's just how it works.|
- Biggest Jump: Jamison Olave (+4)
- Biggest Drop: Tim Cahill (-5)
- Thierry Henry made it to #1 for the first time this year. He's consistently gained one spot per week over the last 4 weeks.
- Wright Phillips is #2, only because the fans voted him #10 (OaM Staff average of 1.25), which threw off his overall average.
- Chris Duvall came out strong with the fans at #3 compared to an average of 14 from the OaM Staff.
- Pehuy Luyindula got an opposite reaction, bring voted #14 by the fans vs 7.25 by OaM.
What do you think of how the staff voted? Think we were too harsh/lenient? Think the rankings are good or bad? Let us know in the comments.