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Players ratings and near heart attack when witnessing Pulisic's goal against Hamburg

A note on my player ratings: I watch the game once, and I mostly concentrate on Pulisic and having an enjoyable experience watching the game (see: tearing my hair out like an over-protective mother). So these analyses are merely impressions. That said, impressions often hold the most truth. Also, if I don't talk about someone, it's because their performance wasn't worth talking about or because I got sick of typing).

Kagawa: Scored a goal, obviously. Looked OK at midfield. OK to "not that good." I say get him out of there for Weigl or basically anyone else. Use him sparingly as a sub.

Rating: 5

Yarmolenko: Awkward and dangerous. His stepovers are almost comically awkward, but his crosses are as pure as freshly-driven snow (like the one to Aubameyang).  Plus, as the analysts on FS1 were saying, he's seemed to gel quickly with the team. I saw him laughing on the bench with I don't remember who. Seems like a great guy.

Rating: 7

Pulisic: Shining moment from the first half was when Christian blazed by everyone's favorite goblin-looking Greek on the Hamburg defense, Paparidiculous or whatever his name is. Or he would've blazed by him, had Papastrafalifolous not pounded him to the ground and gotten a yellow card.

When the subs came on in the 63rd or so minute I was trembling, praying CP wouldn't get subbed off. Luckily he didn't, and they moved him to the right, where he looked incredible. He burst by one defender and then, as all Golden Boys must do these days, NUTMEGGED another. Gorgeous even though the play then fizzled and the announcers were probably right he might've been trying to do a little much (But if you're a CP fan it's never too much). And then of course in the 79th minute came the goal, a work of art, executed with clinical precision, struck by someone who isn't thinking, just reacting, going on instinct, an instinct that may someday put him with the greats.

Also, LOVED the interaction with Yarmolenko and CP sometime in the second half when Yarmolenko crossed over from the right and sprinted past Pulisic for a cheeky run. I think these two could work well together. I think Yarmolenko could work well with a lot of people. The question is, can we move CP to the right and have Yarms there too? Would that be weird? The announcers were definitely right when they said CP had more chemistry with Piszczek than with Zagadou.

Rating: Honestly I don't know if I can give CP an unbiased rating. I'm merely going to give him a "Smiley face." Possibly a "Grinning face."

Aubameyang: What a baller. A true striker. Scores goals that need to be scored, like the tap in after Yarmo's shot. Seems like an awesome guy, too. Should've finished that one ball on that run from Sahin but whatever.

Rating: Sick

Bobby Wood (Hamburg): Hilarious post-game interview. Frustrated. Stoked to seem him against Panama and T&T.

Rating: Bummed

As for the near heart attack, when CP scored his goal in the 79th minute I was on my knees on my living room floor, arms thrust skyward screaming, "YES! YES!" I didn't actually have any heart trouble, since I'm only 34 and still a spry lad.

It was a wonderful moment. Can't wait till Saturday against Mönchengladbach and Fabian Johnson.

Go Wolfsburg!


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