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US – Panama: Composite Player Ratings

The ratings for the U.S. – Panama quarterfinal are in.  Here are links to the ratings of Soccer365, Goal.com, Ives, and ESPN.  As always, we give each source’s average rating and list the ratings for each player in order lowest to highest.  If you want to know what specific ratings a source gave, check out the source directly.

Player, Position (Match Avg., Group Stage Avg.)

  • Troy Perkins, GK (6.0, 6.3):  5, 6, 6, 6.5
  • Chad Marshall, D (6.4, 7.3):  5, 6, 6.5, 7
  • Jimmy Conrad, D (6.4, 6.5):  6, 6, 6.5, 7
  • Heath Pearce, D (6.1, 6.2):  6, 6, 6, 6.5
  • Clarence Goodson, D (5.5, 6):  5, 5, 5.5, 6
  • Jay Heaps, D (5.2, 3.8):  5, 5.5, 5.5, 6
  • Stuart Holden, M (6.9, 7.2):  6, 7, 7, 7.5
  • Robbie Rogers, M (5.1, 7.2):  4, 4.5, 5, 5
  • Kyle Beckerman, M (7.0, 6.1):  6.5, 7, 7.5, 8
  • Logan Pause, M (5.5, 5.3):  5, 5.5, 5.5, 6
  • Davy Arnaud, F (6.0, 5.4):  5, 6.5, 7, 8
  • Brian Ching, F (6.0, 5.4):  6, 6, 6, 6.5
  • Kenny Cooper, F (6.1, 5.3):  6, 6, 6.5, 6.5


The average score for U.S. players was 6.0, which is the exact same as these players’ average score in the group stage.  The average ratings, by rater:  Ives 6.3, ESPN 5.7, Goal.com 6.0, and Greg Seltzer 6.2.

ESPN Loves Brian Ching

Only two raters believed that Brian Ching’s performance was equal to or better than Davy Arnaud’s.  Both raters are writers for ESPN.  Arnaud’s ESPN-author average was 5.75 and his non-ESPN average was 7.5.  Brian Ching’s ESPN-author average was 6.25 and his non-ESPN average was 6.0.

We All Agree

Heath Pearce, Brian Ching, and Kenny Cooper all had 0.5 points separating their highest and lowest marks.

Cracked Under Pressure

While many players were unable to duplicate the quality of their group-stage performances, Robbie Rogers failed most spectacularly scoring more than two points less than his group-stage average.

Were We Watching the Same Game?

Here are two comments about Ching’s performance that baffled me:

Typical Ching performance: He held the ball expertly, created chances, made clever decisions — but couldn’t manage to score. Shook the post with a powerful first-half header, though.

And second:

Solid effort as a target forward. Drew countless fouls and earned a bunch of good free kicks. He needed to finish off that early header, but is definitely playing himself into form and is making a case for starting vs. Mexico in August.

While I have to go back through and rewatch it, I’m confident that Ching was called for more fouls than he suffered (rightly or wrongly).  So, at best he didn’t “earn[] a bunch of good free kicks” but merely that “he arguably should have.”  And but for his very early missed header, I didn’t recall him making nearly the impact that Arnaud did.  I get that Ching is the guy for Bob Bradley and that it is easier for anyone to get access to coaches if they like what the coach likes, but we could not have been watching the same match.  And I’m not alone.  Another rater said of Ching, “Offered very little holdup play to help string U.S. attacks together.”

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  1. geoff
    July 20, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    I agree with you and the other rater on Ching. He offers little in the hold up and does not really produce in linking up the play. I really hope that he has not earned his place in the Mexico match by his one “goal” he scored and his “good play” in this Gold Cup. Ching has had some good moments playing for the US but I think that his overall play is lacking on the international stage.

    • Michael
      July 20, 2009 at 10:07 pm

      Well, it wasn’t just his goal — he’s also unofficially given credit for his ‘assist’ on Holden’s goal. As Ives wrote in his post-Haiti match rating for Ching: “Didn’t score, but yet again he’s involved in a play that leads to a goal (yes, it was a turnover, but Ching is reaching lucky charm status with the number of goals he plays a part in). Look for him to start the rest of the tournament.”

      Ching seems like a decent guy and I wish he had used this tournament to prove that he really deserves a spot in WCQ and South Africa. Instead, all he has proven is that people will rise to his defense even when he turns the ball over in the waning seconds of a match we’re losing 2-1. It is Ching, not Holden, who should be stepping up at that moment. And until he does, I agree that he’s not ready to be a consistent contributor on the international stage.

      Thanks for reading.

  1. September 17, 2009 at 12:22 pm

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