NYRB player ratings: Backe calls Coundoul

Slow and lethargic Salou Ibrahim still has a long way to go

The
Red Bulls somehow won a game where FC Dallas had the run of play, the advantage
in shots and double the number of shots on goal. Saturday night’s 2-1 win would
have seen New York happy to escape with one point, let alone three. A look at
the player ratings:

GK
– Bouna Coundoul
– Coming off an uneasy performance last week against Chivas
USA, a game where he was credited with an own goal for the first score,
Coundoul responded very well. He wasn’t at fault on the lone FC Dallas goal in
the ninth minute and head coach Hans Backe praised his second half
performance as “top-class.” Coundoul stopped what should have been three
second-half goals by the visitors. Rating: 9

D
– Jeremy Hall
– The second year right back seemed to struggle with the pace and
creativity coming down the left side of the FC Dallas attack, particularly
against Atiba Harris and David Ferreira when they ventured forward. He moved
well into the attack, but was rarely rewarded for his overlapping runs. Rating:
5.5

D-
Mike Petke
– It was a long night for Petke, who had to deal with one foray
after another from the visitors as the Red Bulls’ midfield broke down time
after time. Seemed a step slow all night long. Rating: 5

D-
Tim Ream
– Encouraging to see that with each game the rookie Ream continues to
improve his already solid play. Had several nice balls out of the back and held
possession very well. Another good game by Ream. Rating: 7

D-
Roy Miller
– As part of the beleaguered backline, it was difficult at times to
judge Miller, who seemed to constantly be scrambling. He was rarely burned
though and played well enough. Would still like to see him push forward a bit
more. Rating: 6

M-
Mac Kandji
– It is clear from Saturday night that Kandji is a striker and not a
left midfielder but head coach Hans Backe’s desire to get his most creative
player on the field forced Kandji to the wing. An uneasy performance by Kandji,
who drew a second half penalty but was quiet for much of the night. Rating: 5.5

M-
Seth Stammler
– A difficult night for Stammler who always seemed a step behind
Dallas’ central players Ferreira and Dax McCarty. Hard to remember a moment
when he was a positive in the attack. Rating: 5

M
- Joel Lindpere
– An underappreciated effort by Lindpere, who spent much of the
night tracking back defensively to cover the FC Dallas attack. He rarely looked
dangerous in the attack but was pushed so far back defensively that it was
tough for him to be creative. Rating: 6

M
– Dane Richards
– A second straight disappointing match for Richards. He failed
to use his speed well, sent in few quality crosses from the wing, repeatedly
missed overlaps from Hall on the right side and didn’t man mark well as FC
Dallas forced much of their attack down their left flank. Rating: 4

F-
Juan Pablo Ángel
– Really tough to rate Ángel. 
His 56th-minute goal was solid but he rarely looked dangerous
and missed the night’s first penalty kick. He did, however, convert the second one
before the match ended and gave New York the win. Rating: 6

F-
Salou Ibrahim
– Backe’s new signing made his home debut and looked slow,
lethargic and completely out of sync. Rarely dangerous, Red Bulls fans have to
hope that he acclimates better than this. Rating: 3

Substitutes

M-
Carl Robinson
– The defensive midfielder returned from a knee injury and helped
calm down the game a bit for New York, though FC Dallas continued to look
dangerous as the match wore on. His vision centrally was a welcome addition to
the game for New York. Rating: 5.5

M-
Danleigh Borman
– Some good defensive work down the left flank helped New York
neutralize FC Dallas’ attack. He won’t get a lot of points for style, but
Borman’s inclusion in the game settled the midfield for New York. Rating: 6

M- Sinisa Ubiparipovic – He played just nine
minutes but he set up Angel’s second penalty attempt of the night for the
game’s winning goal. Some nice work by Ubiparipovic who played well going up
and down the right flank. Rating: 6.5