RailHawks player ratings vs. FC Tampa Bay, 5/14/10; plus Jeremy Christie interview

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The lineup on Friday night
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  • The lineup on Friday night
GK Nic Platter - 4: Seemed to be caught out of position on a pair of lobs that were just off target. Probably not much he could have done on either goal.
D Matt Bobo - 5: Both goals came from defensive breakdowns. The first was a header directly in front of the goal
D Mark Schulte- 5: Ditto, gave balls away in the second half. The captain was an inspiring presence in the waning minutes.
D Cory Elenio - 6: Wasn't severely tested in his stint at right back, made some impressive late runs and had a couple of shots saved
D David Hayes - 5: Wasn't convincing on the left, not an active attacking presence, the second goal came down his channel
M Amir Lowery - 7: Closed down much of what came his way. More erratic on the attack, but an active and welcome presence.
M Floyd Franks - 7: Excellent work rate, winning difficult balls. Took three shots, the most on the team.
M Josh Gardner - 7: Combined for some clever forays into opposing box, strong corner kicks, tired late
M Matt Watson - 6: Combined effectively in last third, steady defensive presence, drew penalty that lead to goal
M Gregory Richardson - 8: Harassed the Tampa Bay defense, perhaps could have opted to cross the ball more often rather than dribble his way in. But the RailHawks were up 1-0 when he left the game. Penalty kick brilliantly taken.
F Etienne Barbara - 5: Most effective early, distributing the ball well but became frustrated, particularly after not getting to take PK. Mustered no shots. New, troubling stat: Since the first 30 minutes of the season opener, when Barbara scored two against a 10-man AC St. Louis side, the RailHawks have not scored in the run of play.

Substitutes:
F Andriy Budnyy - 4: Did not threaten to score during his 25 minutes on the pitch, had trouble holding off defenders
M Joseph Kabwe - 6: Created chances late, had a shot saved
M Marques Davidson - 6: Made a couple of nice stops in his 12 minutes on the pitch
M Daniel Paladini- 7: The playmaker brought a spark in the last 20 minutes, showed leadership and ingenuity in the RailHawks' late flurry of attack
D Brad Rusin - 6: Short stint saw him in the box using his height on set pieces. Would like to see more of him.

Jeremy Christie
  • FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
  • Jeremy Christie
AND FINALLY... As WakeMed Soccer Park cleared out, Triangle Offense lingered outside the Tampa Bay dressing room, hoping to talk to Tampa Bay defensive midfielder Jeremy Christie. As we type, the 26-year-old Kiwi is en route to join the New Zealand national team as it prepares for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. After we said hello to Tampa Bay midfielder Chad Burt, who spent a period of time with the RailHawks last season, Christie emerged.

Here's the audio of our chat in which he discusses Tampa Bay's scores, along with his upcoming Vespucci-like itinerary and the prospects for the All Whites, who are ranked 78th in the world and enter a four-team group that includes defending World Cup champions Italy along with Paraguay and Slovakia. The fragment of audio here begins with Christie describing his team's first goal, which resulted from his long free kick to the center of the goal mouth where it met the head of his teammate Joe Donaho.

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