New York Red Bulls: Player Ratings Against San Jose

Dan ManganContributor IApril 16, 2012

HARRISON, NJ - APRIL 14:  Milovan Mirosevic #10 of the San Jose Earthquakes carries the ball against Rafa Marquez #4 of the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena on April 14, 2012 in Harrison, New Jersey.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for New York Red Bulls)
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Better late than never for my player ratings, as the Red Bulls hosted San Jose in one of the most controversial games of the season. The first half had a little bit of everything — except defense — as both teams snatched two goals apiece.

Undoubtedly, everyone will be left talking about Rafa Marquez's tackle and kick of Shea Salinas in the 42nd minute that broke Salinas' collarbone. The second half was poorly played, to say the least, as neither team found any continuity in the attack, leaving a 2-2 scoreline a fair reflection of the match.

Player Ratings

GK Ryan Meara

Could do nothing about the two San Jose goals as his defense let him down. Made a terrific save in the 55th minute to deny San Jose the go-ahead goal. He was confident and sure-handed throughout the match.

Player Rating: 7

RB Jan Gunnar Solli

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Did not defend well enough on both San Jose goals, although he will not bear the bulk of the blame. Didn't offer much going forward and his passing was very poor.

Player Rating: 4

CB Stephen Keel

I've had my doubts about Stephen, but he was outstanding in this game. Defended extremely well with a few blocks and crucial interceptions. Did his part to stop San Jose from finding the winning goal late in the second half by poking away the ball as Chris Wondolowski moved in on goal. Could have done better on San Jose's 2nd goal as he turned into a spectator.

Player Rating: 6.5

CB Markus Holgersson

Seemed lost at times particularly on the first San Jose goal as he got caught in no man's land as he played Stephenson onside, without preventing him from heading on to goal. Did his job well enough most of the game, but seems to lose focus which is worrisome.

Player Rating: 5.5

LB Roy Miller

Came off injured in the 59th minute as a result of Marvin Chaves' scissor challenge from behind, which should have drawn a red card. Did not do well enough in San Jose's first goal as he failed to stay with Stephenson as he broke into the box. He did have a few moments going forward.

Player Rating: 6

RM Dane Richards

Danger man all night as he rounded San Jose defenders easily and served in good crosses. Created Dax McCarty's 22nd-minute goal after winning possession beating everyone down the right side and serving in a cross that was flicked on cooper and buried by McCarty. 

Player Rating: 8

CM Dax McCarty

Played extremely well as he consistently worked hard and won back possession. His 22nd minute goal was struck perfectly on the volley giving Earthquakes' keeper Jon Busch no chance. Did lose possession under pressure in his own half in the buildup to San Jose's first goal.

Player Rating: 7.5

CM Rafa Marquez

Failed to stay with the runner on the first goal, could have drawn 3 penalties for holding in the box, and looked to intentionally kick Shea Salinas' face in the 42nd minute in a challenge that broke his Salinas' collarbone.

Rafa seems completely disengaged unless he has the ball at his feet and even then he's up and down with brilliant then absolutely dreadful passes.

The only thing worse then his erratic play is when he decides to play defense and turns into a mad man recklessly challenging every player in sight. He will be surely he suspended by the MLS disciplinary committee, probably for three games, and he deserves it.

Player Rating: 2

LM Medhi Ballouchi

Wasn't the same player in this game. His distribution wasn't very good and he was largely ineffective before being withdrawn in the 61st minute for Joel Lindpierre.

Player Rating: 5

ST Thierry Henry

Not the great game we've come to expect from Thierry Henry. His passing was good as ever, but he disappeared as the Red Bulls lost fluidity in the 2nd half. He had two golden opportunities right in front of goal in the first half that could have easily been buried but his first touch let him down. Continued to work hard throughout the game, but couldn't find another opening.

Player Rating: 6

ST Kenny Cooper

Scored in the 5th minute to put the Red Bulls ahead, then assisted on Dax McCarty's goal with a clever flick on in the 22nd minute. Seemed to fade as the game wore on and the midfield seemed disconnected from the Red Bull attack.

Player Rating: 6


Connor Lade (on 59th minute)

Had a tough assignment in his Red Bulls debut as he attempted to keep Marvin Chaves under control. Had a few jitters but generally looked good filling in for the injured Roy Miller. Will have to work on his attacking play as he looked hesitant when charging forward.

Player Rating: 6

Joel Lindpierre (on 61st minute)

Added width to the Red Bulls attack as he looked to operate more on the flank then Medhi Ballouchi. Struggled to link up with Connor Lade going forward, which hampered the red bull attack along the right flank, but still had a few good moments.

Player Rating: 6

Victor Palsson (on 90+2' minute)

Not enough time to make an impression

Player Rating: INC

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