New York City FC player ratings are determined by Hudson River Blue readers — here are your NYCFC player ratings after the team lost to New Jersey Red Bulls thanks to the one-two punch of giving away a cheap penalty and not managing much in the attack. New York City crashed out of the Leagues Cup, and the disappointment is reflected in your ratings.
Mounsef Bakrar (of 79′) – 5.6
Well, at least he looked good in moments. Our new signing was stuck on an island for large portions of the match, as NYCFC’s midfield struggled to build through the intense Red Bull press. I would’ve loved a few more long balls in behind to give Mounsef Bakrar a chance to exploit the space beyond the high line, but New York City’s commitment to possession and building out from the back meant this Route 1 strategy was rarely employed. FotMob gave Mounsef a 5.8 on the day.
Santiago Rodríguez (off 78′) – 4.7
Boy, was Santiago Rodríguez swarmed on the ball out there. As he tried to drop deep to facilitate buildup and get some touches, he immediately found himself under intense pressure from red shirts.
Sometimes he was able to work out of that pressure with a shrewd flick or a dip of the shoulder, but other times he coughed up possession that lead to dangerous opportunities for the opponent. FotMob gave a 5.7
Andres Jasson (off 46′) – 3.5
After starting and scoring in last week’s drubbing of Toronto, Andres Jasson’s return to the Starting XI this week was short-lived. He was subbed out at halftime after struggling to deal with the intensity and physicality of New Jersey’s John Tolkien. I feel for him. FotMob presented the homegrown with a 5.8
Richy Ledezma (off 46′) – 3.8
Another player who was pulled after the first half was fellow American, Richy Ledezma. Like Jasson, he struggled to make an impact in the first half, but you could argue that rings true for all of New York City’s players on the pitch. FotMob handed out a 6.5 to the loanee
Keaton Parks – 5.4
When a team is as overrun by a press as NYCFC were on Thursday, you can’t help but look toward the midfield as where things may have gone wrong.
I thought Keaton looked good at times, but he just couldn’t find the necessary time or space to influence this match. My issue is with his pass progression, as he found himself playing his back line far more often than his forward line. He just couldn’t find that line-breaking flow he usually offers out there.
FotMob was impressed, however, giving an NYCFC-high 7.6 for his performance.
James Sands – 4.0
This is probably the lowest score given to the NYCFC golden boy, but I understand the frustrations of the fans. Jimmy Sands boasted just a 75% passing percentage on the ball, and on the defensive end, his clumsy challenge resulted in the Red Bull’s match-winning PK.
Given his track record in big moments and big matches, this performance was a surprising one for me. FotMob gave Sands a not-terrible 6.2.
Braian Cufré – 4.5
It was a difficult night for both fullbacks in this one, as Braian Cufré and Tayvon Gray both got tough reviews from the HRB faithful. In my mind, Cufré just didn’t have nearly enough influence in possession, and given his capabilities on the ball, is frustrating to me.
For reference, Tayvon registered 77 touches and attempted 48 passes on the evening, whereas Cufré only had 60 touches and just 24 pass attempts.
If you’re Braian, you have to get on the ball more and have an influence in this build, because that’s what a player of his profile is on the field to do: Progress the ball down the wing, link play to our midfield, and put balls into the box if we reach the final third. We saw very little of any of those on Thursday.
FotMob gave a 6.8 to the Argentinian.
Tayvon Gray (off 91′) – 3.9
head coach Nick Cushing has a lot of faith in Tayvon, and I think the homegrown has really earned that trust through his solid play over the course of the last two seasons. I understand going with the guy you trust in a derby. But tactically, this just was not a good matchup for Gray’s abilities.
He was targeted early and often by Red Bull pressure, which forced turnovers in dangerous areas of the pitch. His defensive play was mostly fine, but a lot of our buildups ended on that right side before they began.
FotMob felt differently than the fans on this one, and gave a much higher score of 7.5
Maxime Chanot – 5.8
Maxime had 12 defensive interventions in what was a pretty solid performance from the veteran CB. But I would have loved him to flash his passing range a bit more in this one.
I’m sure he’s well-drilled on how to play his fullbacks, and he finds Sands and Keaton with short, crisp passes whenever possible. But there were a few occasions where Mounsef and Santi had acres of space to run in behind if Chanot chose to put his foot through one.
I think that type of direct play would’ve created chances in the moment, and opened up more space for Keaton and Sands to operate over the course of the match. Unfortunately, we rarely saw it. FotMob was impressed with the performance though, and gave a 7.6
Thiago Martins – 5.2
Other than one near-costly slip in the first half, I actually think Thiago Martins dealt with the pressure well enough for a center-back that I rate more as a ball-winner than a ball-player.
His 112 touches lead all players in the match, and his 84% passing rate was higher than most of his peers on the evening. Defensively, he won the ball back for his side on seven occasions, and won five out of seven aerial duels.
If it wasn’t for his side conceding a cheap penalty, it was easily a clean-sheet performance in my eyes from TM13. FotMob gave the Brazilian a 6.9.
Matt Freese – 5.8
Matt Freese was fine in this match — no real moments of brilliance, but no big errors.
He made one nice stop later on in the first half, but beyond that moment and the well-taken PK, there wasn’t a whole lot for the goalkeeper to do. But, I thought his feet showed out pretty well against a high-press Red Bull side, which is a positive to take away from the match. FotMob gave a 6.4.
Justin Haak (on 46′) – 4.5
Justin Haak came on as a halftime substitute as part of a tactical switch that saw NYCFC move from a 4-2-3-1 to a 3-4-3, with Haak slotting in the left center-back position. Despite often playing off his weaker left foot he fares well there, and was solid enough in his 45-minute contribution. FotMob gave a 6.2 for the substitute appearance.
Matías Pellegrini (on 46′) – 3.9
I understand giving Jason the start given the quality he showed against Toronto last week, but this match was better suited for a player of Matí Pellegrini’s profile.
Say what you will about Pellegrini this season, but this guy battles. He gets stuck in, he wins balls in the air, he’s defensively disciplined, and he hustles. In a physical derby match like this one, I would have liked to see him in the Starting 11. FotMob gave a 5.9
Talles Magno (on 79′) – 3.8
I actually thought Talles looked pretty creative in the few opportunities he had on the ball after his 79th-minute introduction, but it was clearly too little too late. He needed more minutes to influence this one. FotMob gave a 6.2
Gabriel Segal (on 90′) – 4.5
He was Cushing’s last roll of the dice in the 90th minute, but it proved to be even littler and later than Talles Magno’s appearance. He hustled when he was on the field, but didn’t log enough minutes to get his equalizer, or register a FotMob rating.
Player of the Match
Steadfast even in a poor team performance like this one, there’s a reason why Chanot wears the armband.
Nick Cushing – 2.3
It was a really tough night for Nick. NYCFC were completely overrun by the Red Bulls, and despite valiant efforts to change the system and personnel, nothing seemed to work.
They were committed to building from the back when they clearly didn’t demonstrate the consistent ability to do so without turning the ball over in dangerous areas, and when we did finally breach the halfway line our creation in the final third was nowhere to be seen.
At least he’ll have two-plus weeks to go back to the drawing board and get this team in a better place for the last ten matches of the season. The new signings better make an impact quick, because NYCFC have to be damn near perfect if they’re gonna have a shot at the postseason this year.
Daniel Quintero Huittrón – 4.2
It was a physical game, with challenges flying in everywhere, and he probably missed a few calls going each way. But, I don’t think the referee had an impact on the final score — that was a stonewall penalty and everyone in the building knew it.
Apple TV Broadcast Announcers
Kevin Egan and Miguel Gallardo – 3.4
Kevin Egan was thoughtful on the mic – he’s growing into the job – and Miguel Gallardo provided some interesting insight into what it’s like to be a player in a game like this one. No matter: You weren’t impressed.