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Rate the Reds: Chris Mavinga the defensive hero in Monterrey

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The Frenchman made up for some of his fellow defenders’ shortcomings

Tigres UANL v Toronto FC - CONCACAF Champions League 2018 Photo by Azael Rodriguez/Getty Images

As has been said many times over, Toronto FC’s aggregate win over Tigres UANL on Tuesday was far from pretty. The gritty performance happened on the back of some heroics from a handful of players — namely, Sebastian Giovinco and Chris Mavinga.

Seba, as we all know, did what Seba does. Enough has been written on this site about that.

Mavinga was really the glue that held it all together though, until he was forced out of the game with apparent injury. He made some insane last-ditch tackles, and showed off his pace on many occasions. For that reason, you voted him your man of the match.

You were far less impressed with Mavinga’s fellow defenders. Drew Moor finished last at a rating well below zero. The 34-year-old showed his age that night, often falling a solid step behind the pace of a quick, aggressive Tigres team.

Nick Hagglund and Eriq Zavaleta had rough nights too; if it wasn’t for Mavinga and, to an extent, Alex Bono, we might not have seen the miracle we did.

Auro impressed as well in his relief of Justin Morrow, despite playing on his off wing. Gregory van der Wiel also recorded what I suspect is his highest rating yet (top two, at least), as he looked very solid defensively all night.

Here are the full rankings:

  1. Chris Mavinga +314
    2. Sebastian Giovinco +313
    3. Auro +249
    4. Michael Bradley +234
    5. Greg Vanney +181
    6. Jonathan Osorio +163
    7. Alex Bono +102
    8. Gregory van der Wiel +81
    9. Victor Vazquez +75
    10. Justin Morrow +16
    11. Jozy Altidore -69
    12. Marky Delgado -105
    13. Nick Hagglund -134
    14. Eriq Zavaleta -147
    15. Drew Moor -149