David Ousted: A+
If it weren't for a late strike by Anatole Abang, the Great Dane may have broken the 86Forever grading system entirely. Despite battling an illness, Ousted made two penalty saves and stopped plenty of promising New York Red Bull attacks. I could empty a thesaurus full of superlatives trying to describe how important Ousted is to the Vancouver Whitecaps. This guy is without a doubt one of the best keepers in North America.
Steven Beitashour: B-
It was a game of peaks and valleys for Beitashour last night. One minute he was giving away a penalty, the next he was setting up Kekuta Manneh with a perfectly weighted cross. In the end, the good cancelled out most of the bad, but there is certainly room for improvement. It's never easy being a defender on the road, but Beitashour should aim for more consistency if he wants to establish himself as something better than the average right back.
Kekuta Manneh: B+
Another game, another goal. Scooter showed well last night, and easily could have had a few (how many times have we heard that). There were plenty of positives to take away from the first half, but the second 45' was less impressive. Manneh didn't see much possession, and was subbed off to make way for Kianz Froese. Worryingly, Manneh seemed to be reluctant to shake Carl Robinson's hand once he had made his way to the bench. I only caught a quick clip of the incident, so I hope there was nothing more behind it.
Gershon Koffie: B
Koffie seems to have shaken off his early-season slump and is playing more consistent and exciting football. Though he didn't manage to score another screamer like the one against Real Salt Lake recently, his play was solid and he maintained possession well. His tackling style might be better suited for an English Championship side in the 1990's, but no one is perfect...