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Postgame 20: Notes and Ratings

August 2, 2009

The postgame write-up is over at Columbus Underground as usual. This was not a good game by any stretch of the imagination.

  • The Crew offense needs something out of the midfield and there was nothing last night. Rogers and Gaven did not threaten the entire game and Colorado’s wingers had free reign.
  • I am wondering if it is time to sit Carroll for a game. I am not sure if it would help, but he has looked worse and worse over the last month. I am sure the shoulder is causing a lot of pain.
  • A midfield combo of O’Rourke and Moffat would be combative, but also add a little offensive spark if Carroll needs some time off. Moffat should be getting closer to full fitness.
  • Zayner played solidly in his surprise start. As long as he doesn’t try to do too much by getting forward, he does pretty well.
  • Padula consistently has issues with faster players, but I should note that he seems to settle down by the second half. It must be his experience and intelligence making the difference.
  • Hesmer played very well last night, a man of the match performance. I still notice that he is booting the ball upfield more than I have seen in the past. It was hard to keep possession with that much long ball.

Now for the grades:

                                           Hesmer – 7

Zayner: 6            Marshall: 7       Brunner – 5         Padula – 6

Gaven: 5            Carroll: 5              O’Rourke: 6         Rogers: 5  

                         Lenhart – 6              Garey – 5

Subs: Ekpo – 6, Moreno: 5, Moffat – 6

Crew Man of the Match: Hesmer – Without his top notch performance, the Crew leave with a tie at best.

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