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Robles rises, but New York Red Bulls drop out of CONCACAF Champions League - RBNY player ratings: @ Vancouver Whitecaps, CCL quarterfinal, second leg

The 2017 season begins the way the 2016 season ends: Mistakes abound, injuries weakening the squad and generally looking outclassed by the team that made more offseason acquisitions.

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Welp, you can scratch the CONCACAF Champions League off the list of tournaments the team hasn't fallen flat on its face in.

In a manner nearly identical to the 1-0 loss to the Montreal Impact in the 2016 playoffs, the New York Red Bulls' playmakers were entirely ineffective, despite a plethora of chances created, and crashed out of the tournament with a whimper.

Throughout the game the Red Bulls struggled to keep up with Vancouver's speed and balance, getting embarrassed by wonderkid Alphonso Davies on a number of occasions. Recently-signed Brek Shea was mostly a left back for Orlando City in recent years, but looked rejuvenated as a center forward against RBNY.

We all know that the Red Bulls have trouble playing from behind. The early goal given up by the team forced the Red Bulls to adjust the plan immediately, and the injury to Gonzalo Veron minutes later forced Jesse Marsch to burn a sub and send Derrick Etienne Jr in.

But the team simply failed to execute in almost every way possible and seemed outclassed in the end.

In all fairness, if not for arguably the best game Luis Robles has had in over a year, the final score likely would have been far more lopsided.

Well, now that the team is out of the CONCACAF Champions League, we can finally start worrying about how this team will respond as the MLS season begins this Sunday.

Here are the player ratings for the New York Red Bulls at Vancouver:

Luis Robles - 9

Easily the Red Bulls' Man of the Match, Robles made up for not being challenged much at home by being challenged constantly and needing to make plenty of saves, including what might have been the best save of the entire tournament.

Kemar Lawrence - 6

Lawrence made a few bad moves early on that prevented Robles from making a play on the Davies goal.

Aurelien Collin - 7

Tackled hard and made big challenges throughout the game. Some ill-advised tackles didn't help Collin though.

Aaron Long - 6

A little impulsive at times, forcing balls out of bounds that could have been safely handled. But other than that Long was fairly solid.

Sal Zizzo - 5

It was a very Sal Zizzo game...

Sean Davis - 7

Solid day of work for Davis with great ball control and distribution of passing. He was subbed out in the final quarter.

Felipe - 7

Felipe passed deep and displayed his versatility often.

Sacha Kljestan - 6

Outside of a little fancy footwork, Kljestan was largely a non-factor in this game.

Daniel Royer - 7

Royer struggled at times but seemed to be getting some of the better chances of the game, at least before he was subbed out after 60 minutes.

Gonzalo Veron - N/A

Forced out early with an injury. Based on his history with leg injuries, this one could sideline him for the game against Atlanta.

Bradley Wright-Phillips - 6

Really only had one or two legit chances the entire game. BWP was pretty erased in the second-half.


Derrick Etienne Jr. - 4

There was almost nothing that Etienne did that made him an asset to the team in this game. He was offsides, out of position, making silly fouls or off-target on passes way too many times for someone expected to be an attacking midfielder. The talent is there, but the awareness needs to get cranked up.

Alex Muyl - 5

Very little production out of Muyl after coming on for Royer.

Mike Grella - 5

Only on for about 15 minutes, but didn't come close to making an impact on the game.