However, I don't really know Orlando's players, so it's possible I misidentified some one or just plain forgot some of the action, of which there was plenty. I'll likely get a seprate USOC "Night of the Cupsets" post later on. If any one out there from Orlando thinks I got a player wrong feel free to let me know.
Also, yeah, this rating system is a bit hard to the subs, Graham Zusi and CJ Sapong especially. The reason is, essentially, it's time weighted, and so if a player plays less than the average player (for this game 79.1 minutes) his score is reduced accordingly in order not to completely blow up his points per minute rating. So unless a sub records a goal or an assist (or an ejection or a penalty save or something) they'll likely be rated lower than they should be. Zusi really turned things around, along with Sapong in this one. I rated Sapong slightly higher as he notched an assist.
All that aside, the numbers :
Oralndo City FC
Sporting Kansas City
It should be no surprise that man of the match goes to Saad for his brace, plus his effort that hit the post. I thought he looked a bit out of place in the first half. Everyone for SKC did really, but he turned it on in the second half with some great skill and a brace that included the game winner. Lots of upside for him I think, and he's gonna be a lot of fun to watch. More than anything, he just looks like he wants to score goals out there. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come. I should note that Dennis Chin had a really good game too, for the most part, but his decision making in the final third was suspect at best. Both keepers were brilliant as well. Really excited to see what Kempin has to offer.