A difficult result at Rio Tinto stadium might (hopefully?) bring the Marc Dos Santos era to a close and the collective effort left something to be desired, as the Caps fell 4-0 to Real Salt Lake. As for the individual performances? Well, read on for the good, the bad and the ugly.
Thomas Hasal: 7
It was some combination of rust and bad luck that saw Hasal concede within a minute of the match starting, although you have to think he would want that one back. Made that a thing of the past on a superb stop on Kreilach in the second half. We can look back on this and safely say Hasal minimized the damage in this one and it was a good performance overall after a long, long layoff for the youngster.
Javain Brown: 6
Had some outstanding crosses, creating some of the better opportunities in the final third. Did come up big defensively, including an immense block late in the first half. Gave some of it back with the PK foul in the second half, although it was a bit of a soft one. A match that will probably be instructive for Brown in terms of his MLS growth but I still liked what he offered.
Erik Godoy: 5
Could have done better to body Demir Kreilach on the early goal and prevent him from getting the chip off that caught Thomas Hasal out. Was the better of the two centerbacks thereafter but overall it wasn’t an especially convincing performance.
Andy Rose: 4
Also was caught with his pants around his ankles on the first Kreilach goal and his marking was noticeably at fault on a couple of other occasions, including a golden Rubio Rubin chance which came about after the RSL man put Andy through the wringer. Led the team in clearances so I guess that’s nice? I find Andy to be a genuinely likeable guy but it feels like Ranko Veselinovic and Derek Cornelius have gotten benched for less.
Cristian Gutierrez: 5
Early on I thought it was going to be THAT kind of game from Guti defensively. He settled into things from that point of view but he was generally anonymous offensively, getting a lot of touches without much to show for it.
Janio Bikel: 6.5
Bikel really brought it tonight in the passing department, something which doesn’t always happen. Didn’t mop up as much in the center of the park as he usually does but seeing him serve as an effective conduit in moving the ball up the pitch and switching sides will be a positive sight, especially if he returns to a midfield pairing with Baldi/Alexandre when all are fit.
Caio Alexandre: 5
A pretty forgettable match from the Brazilian after a run of good performances. Thought he looked better playing in a bit deeper role last match and with no Michael Baldisimo he was on a bit of an island at times. Flashed his individual skill a lot and generally suffered from a lack of interest from some of the forwards in making incisive runs.
Russell Teibert: 4.5
A game that pretty well encapsulates the essence of Russell Teibert. He just didn’t offer anything going forward, put in an OK shift in terms of ball winning and was subbed off 5-10 minutes too late. Just not going to cut it in the left side of a 4-3-3.
Cristian Dajome: 5.5
Didn’t see as much of the ball because the Caps (rightly) favored the left side of the pitch and playing through Caicedo. Thought he made a couple questionable calls when it came to shooting from range versus playing Brown in out wide but it is Dajome after all. Thought he was one of the livelier players when it came to the press, which was much more robust tonight.
Brian White: 4.5
Thought his link up play was really nice on the counter attacks. After a debut match where he really looked disinterested, this was a much more promising showing. Still was not able to find himself in a position to do much in the final third — the chances he got were wasted, notably a whiff on an excellent Brown cross. To not even get a shot on target on the 1v2 Caicedo created for him in the second half? Well, that pretty well summed up his shortcomings tonight.
Deibar Caicedo: 7
Really dangerous on the counter, making RSL decide whether to chance letting him take advantage of space or hack him down (the only downside was his set piece delivery off the resulting free kicks were often lacking). He linked up very nicely with Brian White and it is cruel that the striker couldn’t do more with some of the chances Caicedo worked for him. His finishing still leaves something to be desired but he is really growing into his role in Vancouver.
Ryan Raposo: 6
Liked what he offered when he came in (although spelling Teibert would make most anyone look like a trequartista). Was inclined to make the daring runs that many Caps attackers seem unwilling (or unable) to make for whatever reason.
Jake Nerwinski: 5
Came on for Guti for reasons that aren’t immediately clear and generally was fine. Had a questionable ball back to Hasal and made one nice run but I can’t think of much else that he did.
Theo Bair: 5
Didn’t do much but Caps fans will just be happy to see him rescued from MDS purgatory, especially with White’s struggles in front of goal. Looked willing to link up with his wingers and should be given a chance to start while Lucas Cavallini is gone IMO.
Leonard Owusu: 5
Given his ball progression abilities, he probably should have come on 10 minutes sooner. Some questionable defending on RSL’s fourth but we all were numb by that point anyway.