Centerback Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, 3: Whistled for a penalty that led to Monterrey's first goal on a penalty kick. ... Picked up a yellow, which means he will miss the home leg. ... Whether or not the penalty was fair, he made the ref make a decision.
Right wingback Mikey Ambrose, 4: Again put in a tough situation because he is left-footed trying to play on the right and because Julian Gressel was out with an injury. ... Got forward once to put in a cross, but that was it on offense.
Left wingback Brek Shea, 4: Got forward well but his defense still needs improvement if he's going to start in place of the injured George Bello.
Defensive midfielder Eric Remedi, 4: Looked sharp early, but a yellow card in the 23rd minute after a late tackle seemed to take away some of his sharpness. ...
Midfielder Darlington Nagbe, 4: Did his best to try to connect the defense to offense, but it seemed he was often outnumbered in the midfield. ... Could have done better to close down Dorlan Pabon on the second goal.
Midfielder Ezequiel Barco, 3: Struggled in the first 20 minutes. ... Fouled four times. ... The only chance he created that stands out was cancelled by an offside. ...
Midfielder Pity Martinez, 4: Forced a save on a free kick near the 18th minute. .... Another free kick in the 30th minute caused a gasp but no goal. ... Fouled 10 times, making it hard to do anything. ... When he did have the ball, he didn't seem to be on same page as any of his teammates. ... Had the one shot on goal.
Striker Josef Martinez, 5: Absolutely no service for the second consecutive game and third of four played. ... No shots. ...
No ratings because they played too few minutes.
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