New York City FC player ratings are determined by Hudson River Blue readers — here are your NYCFC player ratings after a depleted NYCFC earned a gritty 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers in the team’s first return to Providence Park since winning the MLS Cup Final there in 2021.
Talles Magno (off 86′) – 4.8
Talles Magno was back in the Starting XI but failed to make much of an impact on the game: The winger took two shots, both on target, but had only one successful dribble and made only one progressive pass into the attacking third. Yes, Talles Magno is at his best when he plays off a more traditional No 9, but he seems a little stuck at the developmental stage of his career when he should be moving into his prime. Signed at age 18, Talles Magno turns 21 today (happy birthday!), and it’s time for him to step up and act like the book-his-ticket-to-Europe prospect he was thought to be when he joined NYCFC in 2021. FotMob gave him a 7.2.
Santiago Rodríguez – 5.5
Another 90 minutes for Santiago Rodríguez, but he still doesn’t look settled 20 games into the season. Is the 23-year-old an attacking midfielder? He took two shots, both off-target, and ended the night with an xG of 0.07. Is he a creator? He managed to create just one chance. There isn’t much in the way of on-field chemistry between Santi and Talles Magno, as neither has logged a goal or assist in seven games. Fotmob gave him a 7.2.
Gabriel Pereira (off 46′) – 5.5
Not the best night for Gabriel Pereira, who was subbed off at the half with a mild muscle strain. The winger, whose two goals against Atlanta on Wednesday brought him MLS Team of the Matchday honors, was silent in Portland. He failed to register a single shot. FotMob gave him a 6.8 rating.
Keaton Parks – 7.1
Big Bird ran the midfield, made some unfortunate turnovers, and finished the night with a 93% pass rating. Oh, and he scored a textbook-perfect set-piece header to even the game in the 51st minute. It was Keaton Park’s second goal of the year, and his second goal involvement of the week — he also provided an assist to Gabi in Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Atlanta United. FotMob handed him an 8.1 rating.
Alfredo Morales – 5.7
Once again, Alfredo Morales went the full 90 minutes as this heavily rotated squad compensated for the long-term injury to center-back Thiago Martins and the USMNT call-up for James Sands. FotMob handed the 33-year-old a 6.4.
Maxime Chanot – 7.9
It was reassuring to see the veteran defender back in the lineup after missing three games — one for yellow card accumulation (IYKYK), and two for international duty with Luxembourg. Maxime Chanot logged two 90-minute performances for Luxembourg, who defeated Lichtenstein at home and Bosnia and Herzegovina on the road, and he seemed to bring some of that international swagger back with him. Once Sands returns from featuring with the USMNT, the NYCFC backline should be solid once again. FotMob gave Chanot a team-best 7.9.
Justin Haak – 7.0
Justin Haak made his fifth consecutive start as a center-back, and logged his best performance of the year. The 21-year-old broke up Portland’s attack, anticipated the ball, and made some lovely passes into the final third. Our readers took note, giving the 21-year-old his best rating this season — although the 7.0 you awarded him was a smidge lower than FotMob’s 7.4.
Tayvon Gray – 5.6
Once again, Tayvon Gray served as a right center-back in this back-three. Once again, he looked comfortable in possession, and he was mostly solid in defense. Once again, our readers weren’t that impressed. And once again, FotMob disagreed, giving him a pat on the back in the form of a 7.2.
Mitja Ilenič (off 80′) – 6.0
Young Mitja Ilenič had a quiet night by his standards. Still, the NYCFC faithful must be pleased with how the 18-year-old is progressing this season. FotMob gave him a 6.8
Kevin O’Toole – 6.3
Back in the Starting XI after making three consecutive substitute appearances, Kevin O’Toole once again stretched the opposition with his runs up the left flank. But really, the 24-year-old’s greatest gift is to be on the receiving end of a switch: He’s good at getting open, controlling the ball, and moving into space. FotMob handed him a 6.9
Matt Freese – 6.5
Matt Freese made his third start for NYCFC in all competitions, and put in a strong performance: Six saves, ten recoveries. True, he didn’t log a clean sheet. Could he have done more to fend off that Evander strike? He was moving in the right direction, but he didn’t extend his arms. Did he make an argument for a return to the Starting XI this coming Saturday against CF Montréal? Take a look below and tell us what you think. FotMob handed him a 7.0.
Matías Pellegrini (on 46′) – 6.1
You could almost hear the groans of NYCFC fans through Apple TV when the winger came on for the injured Gabi at the half. But then Matías Pellegrini came through in the 51st minute when he delivered an inch-perfect ball that Keaton headed home. While it will take more than that to endear Matí to our readers, this is the best rating you awarded him this season. As usual, FotMob thought more of his performance, and gave the 23-year-old a 7.3.
Stephen Turnbull (on 80′) – 4.8
The defender came on for Ilenič, and in his 10 + 7′ of play – including stoppage time – he managed to earn a yellow card. Right on. FotMob gave him a more forgiving 6.3.
Andres Jasson (on 86′) – 4.3
What does it say when you try to steal a win by taking off Talles Magno, a Designated Player and Next Big Thing who will make $1.2 million this year, for Andres Jasson, a former Yalie who has never scored a goal in MLS and will make $142,144? The 21-year-old didn’t log enough field time for a ForMob rating.
Player of the Match
Goals are so scarce this year that our readers almost always give the POTM to whoever manages to find the back of the net. Not this Matchday. Maxime Chanot took over 50% of the vote to earn an award that will undoubtedly be listed in the defender’s accomplishments when he is named to the Ordre de la Couronne de Chêne by Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg.
Nick Cushing – 4.6
Not only did Nick Cushing earn a point on the road in a hostile stadium with a heavily rotated squad, it was halftime substitute Pellegrini who provided the assist to the equalizing goal. No matter to our readers, who expect more from this squad and want more from this head coach.
Nima Saghafi (referee) – 5.8
No real complaints about the officiating of Nima Saghafi. In fact, this 5.8 is the second-highest rating you handed to the referee this season, and trails only the 6.5 you gave Lukasz Szpala back on Matchday 3.
Tony Husband and Ross Smith (Apple TV) – 5.3
Likewise, this is one of a handful of not-insulting ratings you granted to the Apple TV broadcast team. To be honest, Tony Husband and Ross Smith were professional and fair — they weren’t gunning for NYCFC, but the days of the voices on the TV rooting for New York City are over fam.