Major League Soccer

Philadelphia Union 1-1 Minnesota United: Player ratings as 2022 MLS season starts with a draw

Chris Smith
The 2022 MLS season kicked off in style.
The 2022 MLS season kicked off in style. / Mitchell Leff-USA TODAY Sports
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The first match of the 2022 MLS season ended in a 1-1 draw between the Philadelphia Union and Minnesota United.

It was the visitors who drew first blood at Subaru Park, with Robin Lod firing home a powerful effort from Franco Fragapane's cross on 23 minutes - the first goal of the new campaign.

But Minnesota's lead didn't last long, with Corey Burke heading home a delicious Jakob Glesnes delivery just 12 minutes later.

There was plenty of aggression from both sides, who were intent on attacking and taking three points on the opening day. But ultimately, neither the Union or the Loons were quite in-tune enough to break the deadlock.

Here are the full player ratings from Philadelphia Union 1-1 Minnesota United:


Philadelphia Union player ratings

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Andre Blake (GK) - 7/10 - Was given no help for the Minnesota goal. Mopped up well enough behind the Union defense and made a big save from Hunou late on.

Olivier Mbaizo (RB) - 5/10 -
Did his best to offer width in attack but was torched on a number of occasions by Fragapane at the other end.

Jakob Glesnes (CB) - 7/10 -
A couple of worrying moments at the back but more than made up for it with a beautiful cross for Burke's equalizer.

Jack Elliott (CB) - 5/10 -
Wasn't helped by those around him, but looked worryingly suspect as Minnesota came forward in transition.

Kai Wagner (LB) - 7/10 -
Fared a little better than Mbaizo defensively and was a constant outlet down the Union's left.

2. Midfielders

Jose Martinez (CDM) - 9/10 - Absolutely everywhere. Whether it was breaking up MNUFC attacks, getting the Union up the pitch, or just putting one on the opposition to keep them unsettled, Jose Martinez was at his very impressive best on Saturday. The heartbeat of the Philadelphia Union.

Alejandro Bedoya (CM) - 7/10 -
Was a good driving force in the attack with a couple of shots and key passes, combined with his usual industry without the ball.

Leon Flach (CM) - 6/10 -
Put in plenty of yards, as he always does. Tired in the second half and was replaced by Jack McGlynn for the final 20 minutes.

Daniel Gazdag (CAM) - 7/10 -
Had a good first half with a couple of shots and broke away down the left to create a good chance in the second - though nobody was on the end of his cross. Replaced for the final 15 minutes after fading out of the game.

3. Forwards

Corey Burke (ST) - 8/10 - Scored the Union's first goal of the season with a towering header at the back post. Pulled the Minnesota defense out of shape all afternoon with his smart runs.

Julian Carranza (ST) - 5/10 -
Put himself about and battled hard but was ultimately unable to provide enough of an attacking threat.

4. Substitutes

Jack McGlynn (for Flach, 68 mins) - 5/10 - Put himself about and won a few free-kicks but didn't influence things further.

Sergio Santos (for Carranza, 75 mins) - 5/10 -
Wasn't able to change the game. Gets a free pass for all the traveling he's done recently sorting his visa.

Paxten Aaronson (for Gazdag, 75 mins) - 6/10 -
Immediately started orchestrating attacks when he came onto the field. Paxten continues to look every inch as good as his older brother.

Minnesota United player ratings

5. Goalkeeper & defenders

Tyler Miller (GK) - 6/10 - Couldn't do much to stop Burke's equalizer. Was equal to everything else the Union sent his way.

Oniel Fisher (RB) - 5/10 - Wasn't outmatched, but definitely had a tough afternoon against Wagner and the drifting Gazdag.

Brent Kallman (CB) - 6/10 -
Was definitely there primarily to defend and did that job well enough.

Michael Boxall (CB) - 5/10 -
A tad fortunate to escape further punishment for a flying elbow on Leon Flach, though it was accidental. got through plenty of defensive work.

Bakaye Dibassy (LB) - 6/10 -
A little rash now and then but got the job done filling in for Chase Gasper.

6. Midfielders

Hassani Dotson (CM) - 7/10 - A good start to the season in midfield for Dotson, who offered plenty of drive in the center. Hit the bar with a free-kick in the first half. Hopefully, he can stay fit and build on this platform.

Kervin Arriaga (CM) - 7/10 -
Tidy on the ball and industrious without it.

Emanuel Reynoso (CAM) - 7/10 -
Wasn't able to add the finishing touch as he usually does. But Reynoso is marked up for some absolutely beautiful touches and silky skills under pressure.

7. Forwards

Robin Lod (RW) - 8/10 - Scored the first goal of the 2022 season with a powerful effort and nearly made it a brace with a volley just over the bar. A continually underrated attacking presence.

Luis Amarilla (ST) - 5/10 -
Was limited to efforts outside the box and never really got his opening.

Franco Fragapane (LW) - 9/10 -
Was MNUFC's biggest attacking presence, beating Mbaizo on a number of occasions and setting up Lod's opener. Showed speed as well as quality with his final ball.

8. Substitutes

Bongokuhle Hlongwane (for Fragapane, 78 mins) - 5 /10 - Didn't do a great deal when he came on.

Adrien Hunou (for Amarilla, 84 mins) - 3/10 -
Got in behind the Union defense but took his effort too early and was denied by Blake.

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