The Union soared to a 2-0 season-opening win over an unconvincing Revs side. Philadelphia out-shot the opposition 21-8 and controlled the lion’s share of the possession at 63%. All the headlines will go to impressive displays by teenage debutantes Fontana and Trusty, but veteran additions Accam and Burke shone in their new shirts.
Note: all ratings are on a scale of 1-10, with 1 = abysmal and 10 = impeccable.
GK: Andre Blake – 7
Very little to do all game, but saved well when called upon. Stood tall point-blank on Agudelo when the score was still 0-0, and got down quickly in the second half to prevent the Revolution from getting back into the match.
RB: Keegan Rosenberry – 6
Not involved going forward until Penilla was sent off in the 26th minute. After the Ecuadorian’s speed was removed from the equation, he was unshackled and sent a few good balls into the box.
CB: Jake Elliott – 7
Grew in stature as the game went on. The Revolution rarely threatened the back line–but when they did, the young center back stepped through confidently. Played some nice passes over the top.
CB: Auston Trusty – 7
A decent showing for the teenager’s debut. The highlight of his night was a phenomenal recovery tackle on Agudelo after the forward was through on goal. Although he wasn’t close enough to Bunbury on two occasions late in the game, he also played the majority of the game without the help of a left back.
LB: Fabinho – 7
A Brazilian fullback if there ever was one, mainly used as a second left winger. Sent in some threatening crosses and created havoc as part of a left side overload with Accam. It’s certainly a partnership to watch as the two become accustomed to each other’s tendencies.
CM: Haris Medunjanin – 6
The main source of balls over the top, he connected well with Bedoya in the buildup on the opening goal. However, he was more bark than bite in the midfield: his lack of pace and unwillingness to get stuck-in exposed his backline to counterattack opportunities. Deliveries and free kicks were frustratingly poor.
CM: Alejandro Bedoya – 8
An all-action performance from the captain that highlighted his situational awareness. When the Union needed to be on the front foot, he made wonderfully-timed runs forward. When they were 2-0 ahead, he remained deep and turned provider. An assist punctuated a successful night.
CAM: Anthony Fontana – 7
A goal on his debut made for a dream beginning. The 18-year old was eager to get into dangerous areas, constantly buzzing around the box and slipping into spaces—as a result, he found the back of the net. There were times when he tried to do too much, but that’s expected from one so young.
RW: Fabian Herbers – 7
A productive night for the man filling in for the suspended Picault. Though the wing isn’t his natural position, it worked well on the night: he dropped into the midfield to help out defensively, and found the feet of teammates further forward. An overall solid outing.
LW: David Accam – 9 (Man of the Match)
What a debut. A perfect 10 if he got on the scoresheet, he had the Revolution’s backline in constant disarray. Cutting inside, taking the ball wide, speed and directness, he was the most dangerous player on the field. His connection with Sapong will only get better.
ST: C.J. Sapong – 7
Could’ve had a hat-trick by halftime if he took his chances better. He thrived in the less-glamorous side, showing sublime hold-up play and strength. His movement off the ball created the space for Accam to impress, and his work ethic was rewarded goal with a goal.
Impact sub: Cory Burke – 8
An easy decision, as both Simpson and Jones had anonymous showings. Burke came on for Herbers and staked his claim for Picault’s spot in the next two matches. The Jamaican’s pace tore through the tired New England defense, supplying a much-deserved assist for the second goal.