The Vancouver Whitecaps may have put forth a young roster on Wednesday night, but they got the job done in dispatching of CD Olimipa 1-0. While the final few minutes of the match were certainly nerve wracking, the kids were able to hold it together and guide the win home.
While the youngsters took the spotlight for the most part, the report card is taking a look at a mix of veteran and youth this time around.
Paulo Tornaghi: A
it must have been a tough situation for Tornaghi, coming into a match after so many weeks of being stapled to the bench. It's hard to find playing time when you're behind a player like David Ousted on the depth chart, but Tornaghi certainly made the most of his appearance.
The 27 year old stopped all three shots on net from CD Olimpia en route to a clean sheet. He showed some real grit in the 58th minute, colliding with CB Diego Rodriguez and Olimipa forward Romell Quioto, but popping back up like it was nothing. Really, you couldn't have asked for anything more from Paulo.
Nicolas Mezquida: A
According to the 86forever twitter account, Nicoals Mezquida was our pick for man of the match.
He was instrumental in the games only goal, as he played a perfect ball to Darren Mattocks to put him in on goal. Mattocks fumbled the ball, and Kianz Froese was there to put it home, but it all started with the beautiful feed from Nico.
Mezquida also chipped in with 2 of Vancouver's 9 total shots. Hopefully the knock he took near the end of the match won't keep him away from the lineup for too long.
Robert Earnshaw: B
I kind of want to give Earnshaw an A just for his attempted bicycle kick in the 9th minute. For a guy who's been relegated to the bench for much of the season, Earnshaw had plenty of jump in his game, and seemed to be a terrific influence on the young roster that took the pitch.
While Earnshaw didn't score, he showed enough to possibly convince Carl Robinson to insert him into a regular season MLS match. Or, given the way the season's gone so far, probably not.