Sporting Kansas City fans have quite justly fell in love with new imports Felipe Gutiérrez and Johnny Russell, rating them the top two players from the 3-2 win over the San Jose Earthquakes.
Graham “former man-bun” Zusi came in third in the fan vote but both the Audi Index and Whoscored.com has him as the highest rated player in the game.
In the Audi Player index for the game Zusi received 294 points for his goal while Gutierrez’s score was worth 312 points and an additional 160 for a game winner. Zusi racked up 240 points for 5 interceptions.
Johnny Russell’s big points came from earning a penalty worth 190 points.
Daniel Salloi came in 4th in the vote but just 7th and 8th in the ratings systems. He did look dangerous often and had an assist and 21 successful passes in the offensive half.
Interceptions helps explain how Ike Opara was so high in the Audi list (and presumably in Whoscored as well). Opara garnered 288 points for 6 interceptions, 207 points for 4 tackles won and 144 for 3 clearances headed.
Opara’s fan vote is probably the most out of sync with the ratings out of all the players. A very respectable 2nd in the Audi and 4th at Whoscored but a lowly 11th in the fan vote. Most likely the overall defensive woes come into play here, with the exception of Zusi, the rest of the back five finished at the bottom of the starters with the fans.
At the bottom of the fan vote and the Audi Index was center forward Khiry Shelton at 14th. Throw in a 9th with Whoscored and it would look like Shelton did not have a very good game.
Shelton lost points (-70) for 7 unsuccessful passes in the oppositions half but just did not have a lot of big points in either direction. At least he can take solace in the fact he was not Shea Salinas (-19), Fatai Alashe (-53) or the abysmal Andrew Tarbell (-513).