Captain Jaime Moreno leads the victory celebration after the win over Chelsea.
A year ago a similar squad of the top players in MLS was ambushed 5-0 by Real Madrid. This year MLS defeated EPL champ Chelsea 1-0. This particular squad had less stars than the team that was humiliated last year but had far more role players willing to work together and hold their shape against a relentless Chelsea attack. The result was a historic shutout victory for the league.
Troy Perkins 6
Steady. Wasn’t really tested.
Joe Cannon 8
Superb work including game saving save on Arjen Robben’s late strike, and then John Terry’s stoppage time effort.
Jimmy Conrad 6
Went toe to toe with Drogba early. Showed fire and determination. Conrad’s physical play surprised Chelsea though as the first half wore on Drogba seemed to get the better of him.
Eddie Robinson 7
Saved the game with a last second clearance on Erpen’s tackle. Good to see Robinson whose career has been hijacked by injuries playing at a high level again.
Joshua Gros 7
Another classy performace from a DC player. Gros pushed the ball early down the flanks while DeRossario and Chrisitian Gomez were having issues with their first touches in the middle of the field. Gros really gave Arjen Robben fits and did a decent job on Shaun Wright Phillips. Gros’ crosses were lacking in quality but he more than made up for it with his other play.
Bobby Boswell 9 MAN OF THE MATCH
Great positioning and composure. Kept the MLS defense organized and never was out hustled. Boswell played an exceptional match against Chelsea for the second straight year. Clearly Boswell has a savvy lacking in so many American players and whomever the new national team coach is needs to give him a long hard look before qualifying for the 2010 World Cup begins. Boswell’s first touch never let the team down and he is for my money the easy choice as man of the match.
Facundo Erepen 7
Bad pass back almost cost MLS a goal but otherwise was spectacular. Really shut down Robben and Shevchenko. The Argentine took the ball away from both of his better known opponents countless times including a very important 75th minute takeway from Robben when Chelsea had the run of play. Another one of DC United’s great international finds.
Chris Albright 8