JOE BENDIKGoalkeeper, United States
The Lion keeper played great on Sunday. He made 6 saves, each one better than the last. The one that sticks out to me as the most memorable would be the low save he made on Mike Grella’s acrobatic volley right before half time. Without Bendik, we could be talking about a 5-2 scoreline or worse.
BREK SHEALeftback, United States
Brek had one of his worst games defensively on Sunday. He only completed 67.7% of his 31 pass attempts, he barely ever joined the attack, and when he did the Red Bulls were there to pick him apart and spring down the right flank. It seemed that in every chance the Red Bulls created, a player got behind Shea.
SEB HINESCenterback, England
Hines had a very up and down game. He had a goal-saving tackle in the first half, ended the game with 13 clearances and 3 interceptions, but got picked apart too often by the Red Bull midfield and seemed to get beat for speed every time Lloyd Sam or Bradley Wright-Phillips was played through. In Seb’s defense, he was getting zero help from Shea on his side of the formation.
TOMMY REDDINGCenterback, United States
Tommy was unbelievable in the first half, it seemed that every time the Red Bulls had a quality scoring chance, that Redding was there to block the shot. He finished the match with 5 clearances, 4 blocked shots and completed 81% of his attempted passes. He and Hines didn’t do good enough as a unit to step up to Sacha Kljestan on the first goal or cover Wright-Phillips on the third goal.
RAFAEL RAMOSRightback, Portugal
Ramos returned from injury and did well to set up Cyle Larin’s goal. He combined well with Molino and most of Orlando’s quality chances came when Ramos joined the attack. Defensively Ramos held his own against Mike Grella for most of the game, it wasn’t until Kljestan’s brilliant through ball on the first goal, that Grella got behind Rafa.
CRISTIAN HIGUITACenter Defensive Midfield, Colombia
Higuita returned to the lineup just in time to fill in for the suspended Antonio Nocerino. He did well to claim 7 successful tackles, 2 interceptions, and was fouled a shocking 6 times. He completed almost 76% of his 37 passes and had 3 successful long balls.
DARWIN CERENCenter Defensive Midfield, El Salvador
Darwin, Orlando’s captain in the absence of Kaka, did what he and Higuita do every week for the Lions, he mopped up for the defense and tried to connect the back four to the front four. He had 65 touches, the most for Orlando, 4 interceptions, and completed a surprising 5 out of 6 long balls, but of his 46 pass attempts, he only completed 33, for 71.7%
ADRIAN WINTERLeft Attacking Midfield, Switzerland
Winter seemed isolated from the rest of the team for most of the game. His inability to combine with Brek Shea, led to the breaking down of a couple of attacks and even sprung Red Bull counters. There’s no question that the Red Bull’s high press was targeted at Winter and Shea and it seemed that almost every Red Bull attack was due to a breakdown between the two.
JULIO BAPTISTACenter Attacking Midfield, Brazil
Baptista had a key pass to release Ramos on Larin’s goal, and went on one or two pretty good runs, but it seemed like he was detrimental to Orlando’s counter attacking. I remember one in particular counter attack where Baptista was just a little too impatient and his simple ball was cut out by the Red Bull defender.
KEVIN MOLINORight Attacking Midfield, Trinidad and Tobago
A week removed from his first MLS goal from the run of play, Molino did not have his best game. Although he had 43 touches, the most of any Orlando attacking player, he only completed 69.2% of his attempted passes and lost possession 6 times. He did combine well with Ramos when the leftback got involved in the Lion’s attack.
CYLE LARINForward, Canada
Cyle scored his 4th goal in just his fifth start this season and could have been through for a second had it not been for Ouimette’s controversial tackle. Larin was the Lion’s lone threat up top all night, taking 5 shots on goal and completing 14 out of his 17 attempted passes.
CARLOS RIVASLeft Attacking Midfield, Colombia
Rivas was put in the game to stretch the field and whip in crosses like we saw him do at Red Bull Arena last year. He did have 5 crosses in his 30 minute appearance, but only 1 of them found a purple shirt. He came close with a free kick but other than that, the Red Bull defense did well to limit him.
HADJI BARRYForward, Guinea
Barry only had 4 touches in his 15 minutes on the pitch.