The strongest showing of the year from Columbus Crew SC and the voters approved of much of what they saw. Justin Meram earned the People’s Man of the Match, well above the team average of 6.07. Others faired worse, including head coach Gregg Berhalter, who’s substitution pattern was questioned.
GK: Steve Clark (Rating:5.83/STD:1.83) Made several great stops, but his bad giveaway towards the end of the game nearly caused a goal.
RB: Harrison Afful (6.05/1.48) Solid two way play again, even after a trip to the Ghanian National Team.
RCB: Michael Parkhurst (6.54/1.52) Consistently in the right place at the right time as his strong 2016 continues and his subpar 2015 recedes into memory.
LCB: Gaston Sauro (7.24/1.65) An early leader for defensive MVP. He rarely puts a foot wrong and avoided giving up cheap fouls or collecting a card.
LB: Waylon Francis (5.76/1.34) His subpar start to 2016 continues, his defense is solid, but he’s gone missing on the offensive end. It’s a noticeable absence.
DM: Wil Trapp (5.10/1.57) Another poor game after a weak showing with the U–23s. Crew SC need an in form Trapp.
CM: Mohammed Saeid (6.83/1.46) Excellent in place of the fatigued Tchani. He got into good positions on offense to provide a safety valve. Did the work on defense as well.
RW: Ethan Finlay (6.39/1.61) Solid rating as he got into position to score several times, looking like the Finlay of old, but failed to finish two point blank chances.
CAM: Federico Higuain (7.00/1.32) Another strong performance from the man who runs the show. He continues to be in excellent form.
LW: Justin Meram (7.54/1.47) An outstanding match and a rating perhaps bumped by the fact that Columbus struggled even more after he was lifted. A case of subtraction by subtraction.
ST: Kei Kamara (5.12/1.45) Wasn’t directly involved in too many offensive moves as Columbus found other ways to attack. Lack of good chances starting to be noticed.
SUB 1: Tony Tchani (4.95/1.20) The worst rating on the team. He replaced the voters MOTM and then Crew SC lost their grip on the game completely. Maybe not directly at fault, but bore the brunt of the blame.
SUB 2: Cedrick Mabwati (5.66/1.39) No instant offense as he was relatively anonymous as Dallas got back into the game.
SUB 3: Hector Jimenez (4.90/1.53) Didn’t have much time to make an impact, but wasn’t the impact offensive sub that maybe Emil Larson might have been. Also replaced Saied who had an excellent game.
Coaching: Gregg Berhalter (5.18/1.84) A low rating, coupled with a lower rating for Tchani, suggests that plenty of fans are upset at his substitution patterns and how they changed the game for the worse.
Officiating Crew (6.45/1.24) A solidly called game. PRO has been in the crosshairs as they reassess how they call games. No red cards or controversial calls here.