The Vancouver Whitecaps dropped points at home in a 2-2 draw against New York Red Bulls. Let’s look at how the players performed individually.
Stefan Marinovic: 7.5/10
A case could be made that he should have done better on both goals but both balls were played into difficult areas that are difficult for goalkeepers to come for. He also made two very important saves that potentially saved the point for the Whitecaps
Jake Nerwinski: 6/10
A wholly unremarkable game from Nerwinski. Not necessarily a bad thing.
Kendall Waston: 9/10
He most notably scored two goals, both times leaping over former Whitecap Tim Parker and disrupting the narrative that the Whitecaps are now bad at defending and set pieces because they lost Parker. Defensively he was a rock with 3 interceptions and 3 blocks. His passing accuracy wasn’t great but it hardly ever is. A quintessential Waston performance.
Aaron Maund: 7/10
A pleasantly surprising outing from the often benched centre back. He was amongst the team leaders in both defensive actions and distribution.
Brett Levis: 6.5/10
A reasonable defensive showing from Levis. Was competent on the ball as well. The first goal came down his side but nobody covered for him when he pressed high up the field so I don’t necessarily see it as his fault. Now if only they could get him to last 90 minutes.
Efrain Juarez: 3/10
Made a tackle
Very active defensively with 9 recoveries and 3 tackles. On the attacking side of the ball he had an assist off a corner and made 2 key passes. An excellent display against his old club
Alphonso Davies: 6/10
It was a bit of a quiet outing for Davies. Of course quiet for Davies is a bit different from quiet for other players as he still got a player sent off and was involved in some dangerous moves. That being said he “only” completed 2 dribbles and lost Danial Royer on the 2nd Red Bulls goal.
Yordy Reyna: 7/10
Had a similar evening to Davies but still managed 2 key passes, 2 shots, and an assist so you can’t really complain.
Brek Shea: 5/10
He allegedly had 2 key passes but he mostly just lost the ball and looked frustrated
Erik Hurtado: 5/10
Worked hard but he was back to the old Erik Hurtado. Was dispossessed 3 times, had 6 unsuccessful touches, and no shots.
Russel Teibert: 6/10
Things significantly turned around with Teibert’s introduction to the game. I’m not sure how much of that was down to him as he wasn’t super noticeable but he made some decent defensive plays and did alright at moving the ball forward.
Nicolas Mezquida: 7.5/10
Came on and played quite well. 100% passing accuracy and a very stylish dribble
Kei Kamara: incomplete
Just didn’t play enough to influence the game.