Atlanta United 2, Toronto 2: Player ratings

Player ratings for Atlanta United following its 2-2 draw at Toronto FC:

Goalkeeper Alec Kann, 8: If not for Hector Villalba, the Decatur native would have been the man of the match following seven saves, including stopping a few shots from just a few yards away. Continuing to improve with every start.

Right fullback Ty Mears, 5: A quiet game with no crosses or key passes, and just two tackles. Toronto rarely ventured down his side. He did lose Moor on the second goal.

Centerhalf Michael Parkhurst, 6: One tackle, four clearances and one interception. I think he was the one who gave Vazquez too much time on the opening goal, but Vazquez was in a position at the top of the box where he could have done most anything.

Centerhalf Leandro Pirez, 6: Battled Jozy Altidore throughout the match and used his shoulder effectively several times. He didn't track Sebastian Giovinco on his opening goal, but I'm not sure how many defenders could. He added an assist on Villalba's second goal with a nice weighted pass.

Left fullback Greg Garza, 7: No crosses or key passes, and two tackles. Just a quiet game. Note: After your protests, I've changed Garza to a 7.

Holding midfielder Jeff Larentowicz, 6: Making his second consecutive start and third this season, he had three tackles, one block, one interception and five clearances. The yellow card he received against Altidore was smart because if he didn't get in the forward's way he would have been one-on-one with the keeper. I think he was failed to track Steven Beitashour, whose pass led to the second goal. Larentowicz moved back to become a third centerhalf in the second half.

Midfielder Carlos Carmona, 5: Back in the starting lineup after coming off the bench last week following international duty with Chile, he had seven giveaways and six recoveries.

Midfielder Julian Gressel, 5: Making his fifth consecutive start, the rookie didn't have nearly the influence on this game that he has in the past. He had a chance for a one-on-one opportunity early but the ball got caught between his feet, or that of the defenders.

Left midfielder Miguel Almiron, 7: Starting for the first time this season on the left instead of in his customary spot in the middle, he ran circles around Michael Bradley most of the night. His long assist on Villalba's first goal was beautiful.

Right midfielder Yamil Asad, 4: Starting for the first time this season on the right instead of in his customary spot on the left, he was a nuisance for Toronto's defenders, but also had 12 bad passes. His red card for violent conduct shouldn't have been a red card. Asad was trying to use a swim move to get around the opponent. It's a common move used when one player is obstructing another.

Striker Hector Villalba, 9: Starting for the second consecutive game as the striker instead of as the right midfielder, he was the man of the match with two goals. Toronto had no answer for his speed.


Kenwyne Jones, 7: Didn't get much of a chance to affect the game. Hold-up play did kill time. Note: After your protests, I've changed Jones to a 7.

Harrison Heath, NR: Not on the field long enough to do anything.

Chris McCann, 5: Didn't get much of a chance to affect the game.

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