Red Bulls player ratings for Seattle win

Miller, Ream, Stammler do the dirty work in spell-snapping win

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The Red Bulls won
on the road for the first time in nearly two years on Saturday, ending
a skid of 27 matches as visitors without a win. New York’s 1-0 victory
over Seattle pushes it atop the Eastern Conference. Here are our player
ratings for the Seattle game on a scale of 1 to 10:

GK Bouna Coundoul:
Overall solid by the Senegalese keeper, but he struggled with handling
crosses. Since New York concedes the wings and bottles up the middle,
teams are forced to cross and center to create scoring opportunities.
Coundoul will have to improve in his decisions and ability to handle
aerial balls, but his shot blocking was once again the difference. Rating: 6

D Roy Miller:
The Costa Rican international moved well into the attack for a second
straight game and handled the stiff Seattle threats very well. A very
solid performance for the left back, who looks like a real coup for New
York. He held possession very well. Rating: 8

D Tim Ream:
The rookie showed fantastic positioning on Saturday night and even
moved the ball well upfield. Had an occasional passing blunder but his
distribution out the back, through two games, is among the best in the
league. Rating: 7

D Mike Petke:
It was a physical, all-out performance by the veteran center back, who
clearly enjoyed getting inside the head of Seattle’s Freddie Ljungberg.
His passing was safe and his positioning, as always, was good. No major
gaffes. Rating: 6.5

D Jeremy Hall:
Given his blunder last June against Seattle, it was nice to see Hall
play well as a right back. He moved into the attack frequently and
overlapped several times, but New York failed to get him the ball. If
they take advantage of him more, the offense can be dynamic with his
ability to stretch the field. Rating: 6.5

M Seth Stammler:
In his first action of the season, the team’s longest-tenured player
showed no signs of rust. Stammler was in the middle of everything
defensively and moved forward very well. His holding possession was
valuable in the second half. Rating: 7.5

M Dane Richards:
It was the right winger’s hard work on the flank that set up the corner
kick which led to the game’s only goal. Much of New York’s attack in
the first half was down Richards’ flank but he missed an overlapping
Hall several times. Should have finished at least one second half
chance. Good performance, tracked back well but plenty of room for
improvement. Rating: 6

M Sinisa Ubiparipovic: The
central midfielder covered a lot of turf on Saturday night, tracking
back and getting in the thick of things defensively on the left flank.
He moved the ball well but had some suspect passing and his touch let
him down more than once. Rating: 6

M Joel Lindpere:
The central midfielder proved again to be a difference maker for New
Yorker with shrewd distribution and the ability to get the ball wide.
Had some poor touches in the first half but had a well-taken corner
that assisted on the game’s only goal. Rating: 6.5

F Macoumba Kandji:
Very much against the run of play and on hostile turf, Kandji took his
best chance very well and made the most of it. Was the most dangerous
of the New York attackers but he worked hard defensively to hold a high
line of pressure. Also held the ball well, making safe passes to hold
the ball in the second half. Rating: 7.5

F Juan Pablo Ángel:
It appears the Colombian is still not 100 percent following a preseason
injury that shelved him for much of the month of March. His work rate
wasn’t there and he never looked likely to score … or even dangerous. Rating: 5


M Danleigh Borman (for Ubiparipovic): One
week removed from starting on the left wing against Chicago, Borman
proved his worth again with a late-game appearance on the same side. He
should have had an assist within moments of entry, but Richards failed
to put the cross on frame. His effort and team defense helped preserve
the win. Rating: 6

F Connor Chinn: Incomplete.