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OaM Player Ratings: Philadelphia Union

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Mixed reviews for a mixed home performance on Thursday night

SOCCER: JUL 08 MLS - Philadelphia Union at New York Red Bulls Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

CARLOS CORONEL - 7.0

JJ Post: Though he lost his clean sheet late, he did have a few pivotal saves, and there really wasn’t that much he could do about Santos’ perfectly placed header.

JOHN TOLKIN - 6.8

JJ Post: The arc of an injury roll is long but it always bends towards the advertising boards. Tolkin’s strong performance on the left today was another in a string of several quality starts, and his unfortunate injury preceding the Union equalizer shouldn’t obscure that.

AMRO TAREK - 5.6

Ben Cork: Possible confirmation bias but you can really sense why the coaching staff seems to have the veteran Egyptian beneath a 21-year-old fullback on the center back depth chart. Clumsy movement (much like in his last start against Philadelphia in May, he found himself being covered goal-side by his left back on multiple occasions) and erratic distribution does the opposite of breed confidence in rest of the formation.

TOM EDWARDS - 6.3

JJ Post: His lack of height compared to the conventional MLS center back was exploited on the late Santos’ header, but was solid on the day until that point.

KYLE DUNCAN - 6.9

Ben Cork: Quietly one of his better games this year. Was tenacious in defensive battles (as well as the bench-clearing altercations) and was more incisive in possession, if not producing much end product on his final third forays.

Ross Haley: Something of a quiet game for the American whose attacking flair should have tipped the balance against a 10-player opponent.

SEAN DAVIS - 6.6

Ben Cork: Another steady performance in a major statement season for the captain, but team’s late slip knocks down score a little bit given his organizational responsibilities.

DRU YEARWOOD - 6.3

JJ Post: He was solid, but on a day when the Red Bulls midfield often struggled to fully seize control of the match you have to wonder if the next level to his game that he’s occasionally flashed can become a consistent occurrence.

Ross Haley: The signature performance has yet to happen. It’s going to happen soon.

CRISTIAN CASSERES - 6.1

Juan Mesa: Battled all night, didn’t make the best decisions in the counterattacks.

WIKI CARMONA - 7.1

Ross Haley: He continues to display youthful energy, free from the burdens of self-conscious anxiety. For every speculative long-distance effort, there is a hustle play like the one forcing a penalty.

Juan Mesa: Started slow and unaware but caught up and a played strong second half, which included the pressing play that led to Klimala’s penalty goal.

FABIO - 6.4

Ross Haley: The Brazilian striker had a soft performance, unable to make any of his galloping dribbling runs. He was dispossessed quite a few times.

JJ Post: Dynamic as always for the first 70 minutes or so, though as the match wore on his fatigue began to show and his production waned somewhat.

PATRYK KLIMALA - 6.8

Juan Mesa: Good that he was confident to take the penalty after missing a couple of chances in the first half.

SUBSTITUTES

FRANKIE AMAYA - 5.5

Juan Mesa: Not the same bite as Yearwood, but gave Davis and Tolkin a good hand.

Ross Haley: Fairly active while on the field but not quite moving the needle as he did during the first stage of the season.

MANDELA EGBO - 5.0

Ben Cork: Pleasant surprise to see him back on the field for the first team. Didn’t seem behind the pace and was deliberate about his few distributions.

OMIR FERNANDEZ - 5.3

JJ Post: Nearly had a second Red Bulls’ goal that would have broken the game open in the 80th minute, and provided the fresh legs that the starting XI seemed to lack more noticeably than usual in the humid Harrison night.

JASON PENDANT - 5.2

Ben Cork: Only played a marginal amount of minutes, but an adventurous back post run late nearly sparked a second goal for the Red Bulls and earned touchline applause from Gerhard Struber.

TOM BARLOW - 5.0

Ben Cork: He’s never going to be Berbatov on the ball, but he’s still just about the last type of striker I’d want to chase around if I’m an exhausted defender in the last 15 minutes.

MANAGER - GERHARD STRUBER - 6.0

Ben Cork: It’s difficult to argue what Struber could have done differently in this game besides concocting some type of highly-illegal tissue repair serum to use on his injured defenders.

JJ Post: In a vacuum, a point against one of the league’s top teams is always a good result. But the Red Bulls failure to break the game open up a man and a goal buoys the manager’s rating, especially in a match when his lack of rotation in the starting XI and bench seemed to factor significantly into the teams fatigue and subsequent inability to press their advantage in said game.

Juan Mesa: He was critical of the team at the end, which is fair, but result isn’t that bad considering the injuries, before and during the game, and the options on the bench. His boys just had to battle a very strong side.

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