Game 8 – Grades
Hesmer – 7: Was in good position on all of the shots. I wish there was shorter distribution with the wind playing a role like it did. Overall, another solid game from the Crew ‘keeper.
Hendrickson – 5: He played solidly in the first half, but was repeatedly beat in the second half by Robert. He gets taken advantage of by more skillful and quicker wingers.
O’Rourke – 7: He really played well without resorting to anything that looked like a foul. His awareness and defensive posture is improving game to game.
Marshall – 7: Another good game, he handled Dichio well and led the defense to a clean sheet. He had a problems with a couple of clearances, but Toronto was unable to capitalize on them.
Hejduk – 7: Battled up and down the right side all game. He was effective in bottling up Ricketts, who only had a couple of good chances all game.
Rogers – 6: Could not break free of Wynne. He had a couple of good drives toward goal including the Crew’s best chance midway through the first half.
Evans – 6: Played a controlling game in the center of the field, but did not get forward effectively. He may have been under instruction
Carroll – 7: He linked well, but had a couple episodes where players went around him like he was a training cone. Did not resort to fouling and controlled the center of the midfield effectively. Guevara was a non factor due to his work.
Gaven – 6: He is showing up in the offense a little more than past weeks. He was not afraid to shoot from distance and he dribbled at defenders. He still needs to work on his positioning. He was very aware defensively, tracking back and getting in the way of a couple of Toronto attacks.
Schelotto – 5: Hounded all game by Toronto’s bruising defense and really unable to work effectively on the turf. He worked himself out of the game when he was not getting the calls. He will have games like this and I expect he will bounce back with a virtuoso performance against New England.
Moreno – 6: Yet another in a long string of workman like performances. He really could not get the aerial game working with the whipping wind. He also was unable to draw many of the dangerous opportunities by drawing fouls.
Zayner – 7: Attacks down the left side stopped when he came in. Looked good for someone coming off of two years on injury.
Hernandez – NR: On the field for only a few minutes.
Crew Man of the Match – Carroll – Did well in bottling up the middle. Despite a large advantage of possession, Toronto did not have many great attempts.