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Report Card: Vancouver Whitecaps vs NYCFC | Existence is Pain Edition

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MLS: New York City FC at Vancouver Whitecaps FC Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Yeah, I know

Crepeau: 4.0

Not a very assured outing after a good road trip. He got his positioning wrong on the 3rd goal, didn’t win any aerials.

Scott Sutter: 6.5

Sutter came on early in the match when Nerwinski went down with an injury and looked good. He particularly did a good job driving the play forward as the team searched for a goal late.

Doneil Henry: 5.5

He was the most active of the defenders but he had a bad read which created the passing lane for NYCFC’s 2nd goal.

Andy Rose: 4.0

I don’t know how Andy Rose manages to play in a defensive position on a team that never has the ball and at the same time to rarely have any tackles or interceptions. Lost his man on the 2nd goal.

Ali Adnan: 5.0

He did make a very good tackle which lead to the goal and have a few dangerous looking forays forward but there was an awful lot of walking. If he’s injured I don’t know why MDS keeps playing him in games that are basically meaningless (even if they are only now officially eliminated).

Jon Erice: 3.0

Yikes

in-Beom Hwang: 6.5

Tested Johnson a couple of times from distance, 95%+ passing accuracy.

Russel Teibert: 6.0

He may have quite literally been playing midfield by himself by the end of the match with the Whitecaps having so many strikers on the field. 2 tackles, 2 interceptions, not a whole lot of creativity going forward but he worked extremely hard.

Yordy Reyna: 7.5

That’s a lot of green:

I still have doubts about how Reyna fits into the team in the long run but there are some early sings that he’s more viable as a winger with Chirinos on the other side. The Honduran creates some space for Reyna by providing the ‘Caps with another tricky attacking outlet and drawing defenders away. I’m not fully convinced but Reyna and Chirinos flanking a new striker in 2019 (perhaps Lucas Cavallini or someone like him) is at least a intriguing proposition.

Fredy Montero: 6.0

It’s very hard to know what to make of Montero’s game. On the one hand he had a lot of attacking actions and was a bit unlucky not to score off an overhead kick but on the other he still looks slow and disinterested.

Tosaint Ricketts: 5.0

Again, it’s kind of hard to know what to say. He missed a sitter and he didn’t have very many touches but he at least causes some problems with his movement

Subs:

Michaell Chirinos: 6.5

It’s early days yet but I like what Chirinos brings a lot. He is a dribbling machine, averaging 4 successful dribbles per 90 minutes with a success rate of 75% (this is insanely good, Alphonso Davies’ career success rate is around 60%). These numbers will probably come down a bit with a larger sample size but it’s very encouraging.

Bair/Nerwinski: Incomplete