NYRB player ratings: It's Bouna time in Colorado

Red Bulls goalkeeper comes up tops against former team

Sitting comfortably in second place in the Eastern Conference, New York have to be feeling good after Sunday night’s 1-1 result in Colorado. For a fourth time this season, the Red Bulls got a result on the road. Is 2009 now a distant memory?

The player ratings:

GK – Bouna Coundoul: The New York 'keeper made the saves he was supposed to and was hung out to dry on the lone goal he conceded. A busy night controlling the box, snagging crosses and snuffing out plays. A very good performance. Rating: 7.5

D – Chris Albright: The wet conditions seemed to cause Albright to struggle a bit, especially in his passing and delivering crosses, his forte. Did fine defensively; just a quiet night. Rating: 6

D – Carlos Mendes: Over the past three games, Mendes has stepped in nicely as a starter and looks fully fit. His positioning was solid, even with a porous midfield letting Colorado attackers in throughout the latter stages of the game. Rating: 7


D – Tim Ream:
It was a lot of gritty, dirty work for Ream, who performed well. The deluge – we thought we saw the animals lining up two by two in the distance – prevented him from moving forward or distributing out of the back. Rating: 6


D – Danleigh Borman:
Look up "solid" in the dictionary and you’ll see a photo of Borman this season. Another strong, resilient effort by Borman on Sunday night. Rating: 6.5

M – Dane Richards: Just three weeks removed from a hamstring injury, Richards went the full 90. He put in plenty of hard work, and he got involved in the offense a bit. Should hit his stride soon with some more touches this week in practice. Gutsy effort in his comeback to play the full match. Rating: 7

M – Seth Stammler: Quiet night for the central midfielder, who had enjoyed a recent string of strong performances. Stammler didn’t get involved much offensively and defensively was caught out of position as the game wore on. Rating: 5.5


M – Joel Lindpere:
Lots of quiet work typified Lindpere’s night, but the central midfielder didn’t get much of the ball in the offensive third. He did battle and made smart distribution. Rating: 6

M – Tony Tchani: There were flashes from the rookie, who showed composure and skill with a touch of guile. But his tactical acumen needs to grow and his positioning must improve. His work rate must also go up if he wants to be a 90-minute player. Rating: 5.5

M – Sinisa Ubiparipovic: His giveaway in the 14th minute led to Colorado’s goal, but he redeemed himself with a nice delivery on the corner kick. Struggled to find the flow of the game. Rating: 5.5

F – Juan Pablo Angel: Deft touch and even better finishing marked his first-half goal. Seems like Angel has found his old scoring habit. Had another good opportunity or two but didn’t have the time or support to make it count. Rating: 7

Substitutions:

F – Salou Ibrahim: Came in the second half to see the formation change to a 4-4-2 but did little with Angel up top. He was relentless in his work rate, but his efforts yielded nada. Rating: 5.5

M – Roy Miller: Late game sub helped clamp down in the final third. Good positioning and soccer smarts from Miller. Rating: 6

D – Mike Petke: Entry into the game was too late to warrant a rating. Next time, Mike.

Kristian Dyer is a reporter for MLSSoccer.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs. He can be reached for comment at KristianRDyer@yahoo.com and followed at twitter.com/kdyer1012