Columbus Crew SC blew a one-goal lead in the last minute to split points with Toronto FC as the teams tied 2-2 at MAPFRE Stadium. The Black & Gold are undefeated in the last six matches now, but this one felt as if it was a loss, just like last week’s draw with FC Cincinnati.
The Crew played an inconsistent game and while some players had a positive night, others underperformed against the Canadians. Here are their individual grades:
Eloy Room (6) – The goalkeeper didn’t have much work to do during the first half but the only shot that went in his direction found the back of the net. Even though Jonathan Osorio’s finish was a good one, Room could have done better from such a long distance. The goalkeeper was solid in the second half and ended the match with just one save.
Harrison Afful (6) – It wasn’t a typical performance from Afful in the first half as the Ghanaian stayed back more than usual and didn’t get in trouble defensively. The veteran pushed forward a little more often in the second part of the game, but didn’t manage to create much out of it, except from the assist to Accam’s goal.
Jonathan Mensah (5) – The World Cup veteran played a fairly decent match overall as he won most of the battles with Jozy Altidore and Patrick Mullins, especially in the air, but he was caught out of position in a critical moment of the game and allowed Altidore to tie the match in the 90th minute.
Josh Williams (6.5) – The veteran returned to the lineup for the first time in almost a month and was solid for the most part, registering three clearances in addition to helping the team in the buildup. In one play late in the first half, though, he let Altidore run behind his back towards the penalty box in what could have been a great chance for Toronto to score.
Connor Maloney (7) – The fullback got his second consecutive start on the left and held his own against a dangerous Toronto offense by doing a fine job on defense with a team-high three interceptions and trying to push forward and help on offense. Being a right-footed player, it was clear he struggled dribbling towards the end line, but he did his best to overcome the difficulty.
Artur (6) – The Brazilian had to cover a lot of ground to stay in position with Toronto’s heavy possession and ball movement in the first half, but he was nowhere near Osorio when he scored from outside the 18-yard box. In the second half, with the team having more of the ball, he could help more on offense and he did a fine job.
Wil Trapp © (6.5) – Similar to Artur, the captain was busy for most of first half, chasing Toronto’s midfielders with limited success. On Osorio’s goal, one of the central midfielders should be shielding the penalty box. He started the second half with a great assist on Santos’ goal, which was the turning point of the match for the Crew.
Luis Diaz (5.5) – His pace can be a very interesting weapon for this team, especially because his decision-making is above average for a 20 year old, but Diaz still needs to develop better ball control to be more effective. He also needs to find a way to connect better with Afful on the right side.
Pedro Santos (6.5) – The Portuguese had ups and downs during the first half and, as with the rest of the team, struggled to create goal-scoring opportunities. He was a completely different player in the first minutes of the second half, though, scoring Columbus’ goal and setting Zardes up for a dangerous header. But Santos didn’t make much impact after that despite his traditional great effort.
Youness Mokhtar (6) – The Moroccan got his first start with the Crew and showed interesting movement off the ball, good vision and some willingness to step into the penalty box, but he missed two good opportunities by putting too much power on his finishes.
Gyasi Zardes (4.5) – With the team having so little possession, the striker didn’t really get involved early in the game, registering less than 10 touches in the entire first half. He tried to look for the ball on the flanks to start the second half and had a couple of great chances inside the penalty box, but misplaced his header in the first and skied the second from inside the six-yard box.
Luis Argudo (7) – The young midfielder came in for Mokhtar with 25 minutes to play and set the game on fire by feeding Zardes with a good pass on his first play and hitting the post on the second. He had a couple of good runs too.
David Accam (8) – The winger entered the match at the 80th minute and needed only two more to score the team’s second goal with a run that is his signature play.
Romario Williams (7) – The Jamaican also came in with 10 minutes to go and had a great run, which almost resulted in a goal for the Crew.
Caleb Porter (7.5) – His team was completely dominated by Toronto in the first half and felt really uncomfortable to have to play without the ball at home. The second half seemed like a different match and his substitutions were spot on as all of Argudo, Accam and Williams all had a huge impact in the game.
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