Sunday, February 15, 2015

Crew SC Behind Curve After ATX Pro Challenge, Player Evals

After a messy first half against FC Dallas in the semifinal match, Crew SC rounded off this mini-event with a so-so affair with the Austin Aztex. Not a whole lot to dig into yet regarding the Crew SC preseason other than the excitement / energy / newness of last year is gone. Gregg Berhalter has some work ahead of him. They are a little behind where they were last year at this time.

With that. It's only two preseason games. Not big on grading players but I feel like it's fair enough to evaluate a player on a performance based on whether or not they met expectations based on their role with the team and expected talent level.

A "1" given for a player exceeding what I expected, "0" meeting it and a "-1" falling short.

Name... FC Dallas , Austin Aztex = Final

Did well in Austin:

Hernan Grana... 1 , 0 = 1
Waylon Francis... 1 , 0 = 1
Tony Tchani... 1 , 0 = 1
Ethan Finlay... 1 , 0 = 1
Kristinn Steindorsson... 1 , 0 = 1
Chad Barson... 0 , 1 = 1
Justin Meram... 0 , 1 = 1
Mohammed Saeid... 0 , 1 = 1
Brad Stuver... 1 , DNP = 1

Met Expectations:

Federico Higuain... 0 , 0 = 0
Kei Kamara... 0 , 0 = 0
Tyson Wahl... 0 , 0 = 0
Kalen Ryden... 0 , 0 = 0
Ben Speas... 0 , 0 = 0
Matt Lampson... DNP , 0 = 0
Ben Swanson... DNP , 0 = 0
Wil Trapp... DNP , 0 = 0
Adam Bedell... DNP , 0 = 0
Michael Parkhust... 0 , DNP = 0
Romain Gall... 0 , DNP = 0
Sergio Campbell... DNP , 0 = 0

Fell Below Expectations:

Steve Clark... -1 , 0 = -1
Hector Jimenez... -1 , 0 = -1
Kevan George... -1 , DNP = -1
Aaron Schoenfeld... -1 , DNP = -1
Emanuel Pogatetz... -1 , DNP = -1
Chris Klute... -1 , -1 = -2

Hernan Grana

5 comments:

Vidda Grubin said...

Larry,

Did not get to stream either game.

One question and one question, only.

Do you see improvement in ability to score goals, either as a team or as in dividuals?

Larry W Johnson II said...

18 shots in the FIRST HALF against a PDL level Austin Aztex keeper - 6 on frame, zero goals. Only goal came late from Barson from about 6 inches away.

Vidda Grubin said...

Answer my question, dam-nit! Improvement or no?

Oh, I see--cleverly hinting...no.

Larry W Johnson II said...

yeah... no improvement. Also, if GB can't engage Kamara and Pogatetz than Crew fans are looking down the barrel of a RIP-ROARING WHITE KNUCKLE ROLLER COASTER RIDE ... to a mid-table finish (albeit slightly above average is many key metrics!)

Vidda Grubin said...

And, thus...playoff soccer.

"we're top 60%!"

New rallying cry. (Hope the increased goal scoring part happens)