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Rate the Reds: Ashtone Morgan a worthy hero after game of his life

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The homegrown son was Toronto FC’s unlikely saviour on Tuesday.

MLS: Real Salt Lake at Toronto FC Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Nine years after his Toronto FC first team debut, who would’ve thought that Ashtone Morgan’s most memorable performance in a red shirt would come in the Concacaf Champions League against Club América?

Given the start with so many other defenders out injured, Ashtone Morgan answered the bell in the biggest game of his career so far. With a goal and some commendable defending, the Toronto native is your man of the match from the Reds’ 3-1 win on Tuesday.

We’ll have another story coming later this week on just how long the road to this point has been for Morgan, but it still bears repeating how phenomenal that moment was for him. As a result, you gave him what I believe is the best Rate the Reds score of the year, at +301.

Gregory van der Wiel, who also played his best-ever game for TFC, in my opinion, comes in second for the second consecutive game. One of these days he’ll get the top nod, but I don’t think he’ll be scoring the goals that usually tip the scales in this poll.

The top 10 players all had scores above +100, and it’s not undeserved; the second half of that game was probably some of the best football any Toronto FC side has ever played.

Greg Vanney got a lot of positive marks, likely for how well his very risky lineup worked out. He’s tied for fifth with Alex Bono, whose point-blank save on Henry Martin in the 84th minute prevented a lethal second away goal.

Of course, poor Drew Moor finds himself at the bottom of the list here, after an admittedly brutal performance from him. His age definitely seems to be catching up to him this year, since he just looks a step behind the pace most of the time (although he did beat Oribe Peralta in a foot race, I’m pretty sure).

Anyway, here are the full rankings from Tuesday.

1. Ashtone Morgan +301
2. Gregory van der Wiel +260
3. Jozy Altidore +259
4. Sebastian Giovinco +257
=5. Greg Vanney +202
=5. Alex Bono +202
7. Michael Bradley +173
8. Marky Delgado +167
9. Auro +157
10. Jonathan Osorio +136
11. Nicolas Hasler +69
12. Tosaint Ricketts +40
13. Eriq Zavaleta +17
14. Drew Moor -69