The quasi dark side of RBNY fandom.
Week 2 of the Power Rankings follows New York hosting a 0-0 draw with DC. NY controlled the match with a total of 24 Attempts on Goal, but just couldn’t put one away. Reminder: these ratings are not based on just this week alone, they take into account previous weeks as well.
Games Played This Week:
#20 – Roy Miller (Previous: #12, DNP)
Last week’s rankings were written up before Roy’s now infamous comments were made public. Petke rightfully kept him out of the starting eleven. He’s being demoted (even though he’s already the lowest rated) just because of his comments.
#12 – Rubén Bover (Previous: #8, DNP vs DC)
Didn’t play against DC, so had to be dropped in the rankings.
#11 – Luis Robles (Previous: #11, 90 Mins vs DC)
Thank to the defense, he only had to face 2 Shots on Goal, but he did his job when it mattered. Didn’t move up only because he wasn’t tested a lot.
#10 – Juninho (Previous: Unranked, Did Not Play) – Did not play because of injury. Not going to rate him for that.
Came in as a sub in the second half, but had an impact. The team was creating chances and his insertion only helped the team. Had a great delivery on the corner where Hamid made an amazing goal line save to stop NY from winning.
Tie for #9 – Eric Alexander (Previous: #7, 89 Mins vs DC), Jonny Steele (Previous: #6, 68 Mins vs DC)
Played well on the wings, both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. These two moved down in the rankings only because of everyone else rising.
#8 – Tim Cahill (Previous: #10, 90 Mins vs DC)
Cahill didn’t score, but he came close this week. Played well and showed some of that spark he had at Everton. He’s presence will be missed at Montreal, but you can see him starting to get in a NY state of mind. Still not sure how he got a yellow card in this match.
#7 – Fabian Espindola (Previous: #1, 90 Mins vs DC)
Had 2 shots, one which hit the crossbar. Played a good game, was just unlucky with his one shot off of the bar, which took some good moves just to get off. Like Cahill, I don’t know how he got his yellow.
#6 – Thierry Henry (Previous: #9, 89 Mins vs DC)
For all the times I thought Henry didn’t shoot in the DC match, he had a team high 10 shots (5 on goal). He was his typical self when he didn’t get the ball where he wanted it, but he showed flashes of his skill when he had it.
#5 – Dax McCarty (Previous: #4, 90 Mins vs DC)
Dax played well and contributed to the defense’s stellar game.
Tie for #1 – Brandon Barklage (Previous: #2, 90 Mins vs DC), Jamison Olave (Previous: #3, 90 Mins vs DC), Heath Pearce (Previous #5, 90 Mins vs DC), Markus Holgersson (Previous: Unranked, 90 Mins vs DC)
This probably won’t happen often, but the performance of the whole back line was so good that they all deserve top billing this week, even after a rocky first two games. Holgersson replacing Miller, and Pearce moving to Left Back really showed what this defense can be.
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