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Orlando City vs. Toronto FC: Player Grades and Man of the Match

How did your favorite Lions rate in a 3-1 loss to Toronto FC?

Nick Leyva, The Mane Land

Another game, another disappointing loss for Orlando City. Despite holding most of possession for the majority of the match, the Lions only managed one goal from Carlos Rivas, while letting in two very poor goals and one excellent free kick from Sebastian Giovinco for a final score of 3-1 in favor of the Reds.

Orlando, thankfully, now has a few weeks off before its next game, but tonight the team just looked tired, especially towards the end of the match, and couldn’t recover after Giovinco’s stunner.

So, let’s talk some grades now, shall we?


GK, Joe Bendik, 5.5 — Didn’t have too much to do in the first half, besides the goal Jozy Altidore scored. Almost let up another to Giovinco off the first free kick he had. Was completely mugged off on the TFC second goal, where Altidore and Giovinco toyed with him. Not much he could do on the third goal either, which was Giovinco’s free kick. Did OK stopping the few other shots he faced, including a great save in the 88th minute to deny Jordan Hamilton a goal on the doorstep.

D, Donny Toia, 5.5 — An OK game for the fullback. Gave up two early fouls which gave Toronto free kick opportunities, but nothing came of them. Did a solid job holding down Øyvind Alseth and keeping the right side contained. Had a shot from the top of the box just at the end of the half that was deflected out. Led the team in tackles with four and the second most shots, with two.

D, Jonathan Spector, 5 — A poor showing for both the center backs tonight, but Spector was still the better of the two. Did his best to cut out most balls passed his way and did well against a physical player like Altidore. Shown a yellow card in the 23rd minute after tugging down Jozy Altidore. Caught way out wide on Toronto’s second goal after a miscommunication with Aja. Gave up the foul leading to Toronto’s third goal in the 65th minute. Led the team in clearances with two and was third in passing accuracy, with 94%.

D, Jose Aja, 4.5 — It’s been very up and down for Aja lately and tonight was a down game. Started off with a few antsy clearances, even with space and time, which resulted in turnovers. He did cut out a dangerous ball in the 10th minute when Giovinco had a chance to get in on goal. Then followed it up with being caught way too far out for Altidore’s goal as he tried to aggressively mark Giovinco and let Altidore sneak in behind him. Shown a yellow card after booting Giovinco in the back in the 45th minute. Once again caught too far forward after a miscommunication with Spector on Altidore’s goal. Finished third on the team in tackles, with three, and first in interceptions, with four.

D, Scott Sutter, 5.5 — Did well pushing forward towards goal and marking Giovinco out on the wing for the most part, but did look a bit slow compared to the pace of Toronto’s wing play. Had a few combinations with Barnes that led to crosses, but nothing threatening. Tied for first on the team in total tackles, with four. Came out in the 61st minute for Rafael Ramos.

MF, Servando Carrasco, 5 — Not a great showing from Carrasco tonight. Was really poor in the first half with long passes, which are usually his bread and butter, but did improve as the first half went on. Came out after halftime in favor of Carlos Rivas and more attack.

MF, Antonio Nocerino, 5 — A fairly average game for Noce. Did well pressuring up the field, but often times found himself a step too slow on balls into the midfield. Was second on the team in passing accuracy with 94% and blocked shots with just one. Came out in the 78th minute for Richie Laryea.

MF, Giles Barnes, 5.5 — Giles was one of the only players that constantly actually ran towards goal, rather than around it. He constantly tried to put his head down and run with the ball whenever he had a bit of space, which sometimes worked out. Tried a few services into the box, but most were off target. Earned a free kick in the 34th minute after playing a combination with Kaká. Was fairly quiet for most of the match otherwise though. Finished with a 91% passing clip, fourth on the team in interceptions, with two, and second on the team in dribbles, with three.

MF, Will Johnson, 5.5 — Johnson did his usual thing tracking down balls and playing solid defense in the midfield, but seemed to slow things down too much in the offense. Had a solid shot on goal after a switch of play in the 36th. Led the team in passing accuracy with 95%.

MF, Kaká, 5.5 — Another game for Kaká where he tried to do what he could offensively, but looked a step slow most of the time. Continued to make runs from either side of the field and occasionally towards goal, but no one was running into the box to get on his services. Decent job in the 30th minute taking on defenders and putting a low cross in front of goal, although it was knocked away. Notched an assist to Rivas in the 63rd minute on a great ball in to the Colombian, who slotted it away. Finished the game with the most key passes for Orlando, with five.

F, Cyle Larin, 4.5 — Larin was left alone on an island for most of the night, playing alone up top with balls crossed in and around him, but none of them were very good services. A few times Larin was able to take on defenders, which he doesn’t do too often, and made good runs with the ball into the box, but nothing came of them. Had a shot from a Ramos cross in the 78th minute, but it was skied high and over the goal.


MF, Carlos Rivas (45’), 6 (MOTM) — Came on for Carrasco at the half and made an immediate impact. His speed changed up the attack after coming on as he had a few good runs towards goal. Scored the team’s only goal of the match in the 63rd minute off a ball from Kaká. Had another shot off a Kaká cross in the 68th minute that fizzed over the crossbar. Had a great cross into the box in the 71st minute, which Barnes shot towards goal, but it was deflected out. Played some good combinations with Ramos, but none of them ended with a goal. Finished the game with the most shots for Orlando in the game with three.

D, Rafael Ramos (61’), 5.5 — Came on for Sutter and gave some fresh energy in the attack. Played some good balls into the attack and gave Orlando’s attackers chances to run forward. Made a great defensive stop in the 72nd minute on a Jordan Hamilton run.

MF, Richie Laryea (78’), 6 — Came in for Nocerino to try and provide more in the attack, and did exactly that. Made some great runs forward and provided energy to the lineup that just looked exhausted. He even tracked back to make some defensive stops and continued to play hard. Jason Kreis lauded his performance after the game.

That’s the way I saw the individual performances on this night. Vote for your Lion of the Match in the poll below.


Who was your Orlando City Man of the Match from the Lions’ vs Toronto FC?

This poll is closed

  • 52%
    Carlos Rivas
    (67 votes)
  • 20%
    (26 votes)
  • 11%
    Richie Laryea
    (15 votes)
  • 6%
    Giles Barnes
    (8 votes)
  • 8%
    (11 votes)
127 votes total Vote Now