1 Sean Webb
A momentous match for the striker, who scored two in his first three games for his new club. His first was an impressive finish, with Webb taking advantage of a hint of space at the top of the area and hitting a firm drive past the goalkeeper into the far corner of the net. The joy was clear for a player who has somewhat become burdened with expectation since joining Stegman’s Old Boys. That he was able to add a second, the crucial opener against Dynamo that drew the Blues level, showed the sharpness and predatory instincts that he is renowned for.
2 New Away Kit
An intimidating all-black. Undefeated after three games against top opposition. A unique look that is not available in the United States. Completely bad ass. All superlatives for the new away kit that the Old Boys debuted at the SOB Cup. The uniforms may not make the team, it is true, so in that case it was the team that made the uniforms come alive with verve, victory and handsomeness.3 Jon Bisswurm
This was an emphatic statement from the Old Boys’ talisman that he bears no ill effects from last season’s injury. Given the quality of opposition that the Blues faced, this was a true test of Bisswurm’s fitness and credentials. There was mesmeric distribution, a willingness to receive the ball in laughably tight spaces and one or two eye-catching tackles. His minutes may have been limited, but after this display there is no doubt that Bisswurm is back.
4 Dan Hedstrom
It would take a monumental effort by any player to dislodge any member of last season’s Old Boys defense. Nevertheless, Hedstrom pushed himself to the front of the line with unflappable performances across all three games. Impressively decisive, strong in the tackle and considered in his organization, the player became increasingly critical as each game wore on. If this was an audition, it is clear that nothing less than a leading role is appropriate for the new signing from North Dakota.
5 Paul Diegnau
The left‑winger delivered three encouraging displays for his side, and was rightly one of the players of the tournament. There was a willingness from Diegnau to drive down the line as well as cut inside on to his left foot and indeed it was after moving centrally off a diagonal run that Deignau created chance after chance for the Old Boys strikers. The player was always dangerous, timed his runs to perfection and forged a strong understanding with Bisswurm and Daniel Warner in the central midfield. A sliding attempt to poke a Jon Scott cross into the new also showed a willingness to sacrifice his body at the altar of astroturf for a chance to score.