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Game 21: Notes and Grades

August 9, 2009

The postgame wrap is up at Columbus Underground on to the notes:

  • Carroll will miss next weeks game due to 5 yellow cards. He has looked shaky lately since the injury. His passing is off and he seems to be a step slow at times. I hope a week off can help, even just a little bit
  • I would not be surprised to see a O’Rourke/Moffat combo in central midfield next week. That is an aggressive hardnosed pairing that can contribute a little offense.
  • Rogers never gave up. He did not have the best start to the game and then missed a couple of chances. He got stronger as the first half went along and he was rewarded with a goal and an assist in the second half.
  • Ekpo continues to impress in his super sub role. He drove into space and broke apart San Jose’s left side.
  • Moreno shows his value even before the goal. He knows how to hold up the ball and set up an offense.
  • Moffat doesn’t look like a goal scorer, but he has a nose for goal; he’s an opportunist. Getting more offense out of the midfield will restore balance to the offense, allowing the wingers to stay out wide rather than always having to tuck in.
  • Now for the grades:

                                               Hesmer – 6

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

    Gaven: 4            Carroll: 5              O’Rourke: 6         Rogers: 7 

                             Lenhart – 6              Garey – 5

    Subs: Ekpo – 7, Moreno: 7, Moffat – 7

    Crew Man of the Match: Rogers

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