Gameday Grades: United vs New England

Gameday Grades: United vs New England
April 28, 2011, 12:57 am
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011 2:53 p.m.By Sebastian SalazarCSNwashington.com
After D.C.'s 3-2 loss to New England we take a look back at Tuesday night to hand out some grades from United's Open Cup defeat to the Revolution. Scores are on a 1-to-10 scale, with 1 being the worst score possible and 10 being the best.
Pat Onstad: 5

No real blunders on the night, but couldn't make the show-stopping save on the three 1-on-1 situations that ended in goals. Did make a great foot-save in second half that helped keep United within reasonable striking distance.

Daniel Woolard: 4

The left side of United's defense proved vulnerable yet again, and this time Woolard was at the helm. Don't think he made a significant case to push Marc Burch for playing time.

Ethan White: 5

White's athleticism is clear as day, as he won physical battles against Kenny Mansally and Kheli Dube. Also showed he had foot speed to contain the speedy Sainey Nyassi on a couple occasions. Next step for White is to take his distribution to the next level.

Rodrigo Brasesco: 5

Brasesco's earlier performances left a lot to be desired, but he took a step in the right direction Tuesday night. Had a great night anticipating balls in to forwards and being there to shut things down.

Brandon Barklage: 5

Following a couple promising performances at outside midfield last year, I was hoping Barklage would combine well with Andy Najar on the right wing and be a threat going forward. Never really materialized outside of a few, rare occasions. Defensive work was adequate, won a couple TOUGH 50-50 challenges.

Kurt Morsink: 4

Does what Clyde Simms does, but not as effectively. Simms is great because he doesn't take bad touches. Not many bad touches by Morsink, but more than you'd like in the holding midfield role.

Branko Boskovic: 7

We may never know why Boskovic has come to life right now, but it sure is fun to watch. Both goals were extremely well taken and now that teams will have to fear his outside shot, it may open things up for dribblepass penetration. Knee injury is just a bruise and Boskovic should be fine going forward.

Andy Najar: 6

Najar looked more active than at any other time this season, but remember that it wasn't New England's top team that he did it against. I have little doubt that Najar will return to form, it just may take until the rest of United's lineup comes together. Got into dangerous spots but couldn't quite find productive final touch.

Santino Quaranta: 3

Clearly out of position on the left side of midfield, Quaranta refused to hit a left-footed cross even when the situation called for it. Had a couple decent crosses, but for each good service there was an equally unconvincing one.

Blake Brettschneider: 3

No need to panic, but Brettschneider took a step back Tuesday night. Never got in the flow of the game and lacked the energy that is usually a big part of his game. Bad miss in the 35th minute might have changed complexion of the game.

Joseph Ngwenya: 4

Continues to make strides in holding the ball up, but again failed to create any dangerous situations. Had Brettschneider not turned in an equally rough performance, I'd say Ngwenya was ready for a move down the depth chart.

SUBS:

Chris Pontius: 6
Did a nice job injecting speed and fresh legs late. Continues to be dangerous in 1-on-1 situations and seems to be gaining in his understanding of when to take players on and when not to.

Charlie Davies: 5

Didn't create as much as you'd expect him to against inferior opponents. Did hold the ball up well and linked up nicely on a couple possessions in final third.

Dax McCarty: NA

Not really enough touches to judge him on a short night.

MAN OF THE MATCH: For the second match in a row, it is Branko Boskovic. Continues to be dangerous on set pieces and finally found the net. Early word on knee is that it is just a bruise, and though he may not be ready for Houston, Boskovic should be good-to-go long term.