Rimando- 4.5 Nicky's worst game since recovering from injury. Yeah, Burciaga's goal was well taken, but haven't we seen Nicky whiff on long distance shots for a couple of years now? Maybe he should have had a visor or something in the second half also. Seriously didn't own his box, flailing at the ball like he was holding a Corgi in his other hand. Thornton would have had none of those problems, BTW. Nelsen- 7 His one error that I think he made was on the penalty kick play: at the beginning where Conrad was wide open for the initial header. I think Nellie was marking him, but even further on that play if Rimando hadn't tapped the ball away, Nellie would have headed it to the side. Otherwise his normal excellent game. I'm not sure but I believe that KC started Arnaud and Wolff as forwards but Nellie just nullified them. (BTW that's sarcasm.) Petke- 6.5 Played an excellent game in working with Nellie. Good in the air, kept his cool. Namoff- 6 In the second half it was his side that was constantly under pressure and he did his job. Carroll- 6.5 Nice feed to Esky for the first goal. Did his normal defensive positioning excellence, shutting down service to KC's forwards. I think as time goes on he will become quite comfortable going forward. Kovalenko- 3.5 One Big Blunder almost cost us the game. Otherwise he did an okay. But he can't keep doing THAT CRAP. Olsen- 7 As Petke was to Nellie, Olsen was to Moreno, especially in holding the ball to kill time. You know, Benny has become quite a smart player which I think was a big part of United winning. Olsen, Moreno, Petke, Nelsen, Stewart, Gomez, even Dema except for his asinine play, all play intelligent. Stewart- 6.5 Maybe Earnie's final game for us but he came up big also. Most folks will look at the KC own goal as a bit of luck, but Earnie forced that goal by Zotinca- just like he forced Kamler into an own goal to win a regular season game vs NE. Earnie saw he had the defense running hard towards goal, so he drove it in HARD. It would have been lucky for KC NOT to score. In addition, Stewart owned Stephenson in the first half and was constantly threatening. Gomez- 6 Played his position well. Nothing special here but was a presence that allowed Earnie and Alecko especially to threaten goal. Moreno- 7.5 Just a great great calming presence in the second half when United was down an idiot. Didn't do too much offensively as KC was obviously keying on him, daring DCU to beat them with someone else. Note to KC: Your strategy didn't work. Eskandarian- 8 MOTM. Would be higher if he hadn't cramped up. On the three goals: 1) Beautifully held off that hack Garcia, turned and cooly finished. 2) Turned Jimmy Conrad into this year's version of Kevin Hartman. Another clinical finish. 3) His run was instrumental in Stewart's hard cross for the goal. Alecko Eskandarian: the best American forward, bar none. Gros- 6 Did his job as Gomez' sub. I'm gonna write a thread on Gros' maturity and learning curve this year. IMO it's been impressive. made no mistakes, no retaliatory fouls, didn't get caught upfield (which Gansler repeatedly burned Josh on in the last meeting in midseason). Adu- 5.5 Also played within the system, though he gave up a potentially dangerous free kick for no real reason. It's nice bringing in two rookies who played so cooly. Compare to KC's Stephenson, Jewsbury, Taylor. Well there's no comparison. Prideaux- 5.5 Did give up one dangerous free kick needlessly also, but otherwise did a solid job. Nowak- 10 Arena who? Our savior.