CARLOS CORONEL - 6.7
Mike Battista: The backline fell apart as the match went on and injuries forced subs which made Coronel’s performance even more admirable. The post saved him in that second half but a point is a point.
JOHN TOLKIN - 6.7
Brit Byrd: Great to see the youngster hold steady in a tough, ugly game on the road.
ANDRES REYES - 6.3
Juan Mesa: He makes Tolkin’s job easier with his anticipation and quality on the ball. Let’s hope his injury is a minor one.
SEAN NEALIS - 7.0
Ben Cork: Continues to rise to every occasion thrown at him this year. Has been a very impressive maturation process this season.
TOM EDWARDS - 6.4
Brit Byrd: Much stronger when able to rely on his existing defensive skills without the challenge of learning the midfield on the spot.
KYLE DUNCAN - 6.7
Brit Byrd: Don’t fixate on the miscued cross for Fabio (after a nifty dribble in the first place); a solid and composed night that didn’t gift Atlanta any unforced errors.
SEAN DAVIS - 7.0
Juan Mesa: Important veteran presence. Patrolled the midfield, won the right duels. Kept the intensity up against an intense rival.
DRU YEARWOOD - 6.5
Juan Mesa: He can do many good things with the ball and is maturing as a defender as he avoided a yellow card despite collecting a few fouls in the first 10 minutes of the game.
WIKELMAN CARMONA - 6.4
Ross Haley: He’s going to be very good next season. This will be a rough year to shine, but there’s so much talent there.
Juan Mesa: First complete game of his professional career. Solid outing, just need a bit more of confidence to play that final pass faster.
TOM BARLOW - 6.0
Brit Byrd: Successfully dragged Atlanta’s backline with deep runs, but given the chaotic nature of the match one wonders if an extra touch of flair rather than Barlow’s grit could have been what broke it open.
PATRYK KLIMALA - 6.3
Ross Haley: I wonder if Klimala’s insane fitness and athleticism will be a model for signings going forward. Even when he’s having a bad game, he’s still causing problems for the defense and preventing the deployment of an inferior player (a valid concern in MLS) just through being a fitness freak.
FABIO GOMES NETTO - 6.1
Brit Byrd: Active and industrious but seemed to miss some of his most frequent collaborators in Clark, CCJ, and Klimala.
FRANKIE AMAYA - 5.5
Juan Mesa: Supported well the efforts to win the battles in the midfield and played a few dangerous through balls.
AMRO TAREK - 5.5
Brit Byrd: Bonus style points for protesting so vigorously after making a clear (and smart) professional foul late in the game.
OMIR FERNANDEZ - 5.3
CAMERON HARPER - 5.3
MANAGER - GERHARD STRUBER - 6.5
Brit Byrd: For a team designed around vigorous collective pressure up the field, Gerhard Struber’s team is remarkably solid when defending in a low block as well. After conceding so softly midweek, RBNY got stuck in for their first away point despite injuries, call ups, and rotations. Better yet, Struber seems to have blooded in two full first team contributors in Tolkin and Carmona, which may go a long way toward surviving future fixture congestion.
Mike Battista: There’s some leeway when injuries and international duty gut a roster, plus two in-game injury subs, but Struber isn’t totally off the hook. The formation change was appreciated but three in the back is a big risk and right now New York isn’t ready for that. Sticking with two upfront was the right move but the players he chose and in what order he subbed them is questionable.
Juan Mesa: His boys finally earned points away from home but Struber limited the team’s offensive chances with the still-plausible decision to protect his top strikers after consecutive games on artificial turf.
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