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Rate the Reds: Auro’s speed and creativity on display vs. Dallas

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That’s the Brazilian’s first man of the match award.

MLS: FC Dallas at Toronto FC Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Friday’s loss to FC Dallas was not a pretty one for Toronto FC. They were frustrated in front of goal all night, and the defence broke down just enough to allow the visitors to score their winner. For that reason, fan voting did not look kindly on a lot of TFC’s players, including Sebastian Giovinco (who missed a penalty, again) and Michael Bradley (who, playing at centre-back, was burned on the goal).

That said, it wasn’t all bad. In order to struggle with finishing, you have to actually have opportunities. A large part of the reason TFC had so many shots was Auro’s work down the right flank. He was beating defenders all evening, and sending in cross after cross that Toronto’s strikers couldn’t seem to put in the net. Through no fault of his own, he missed out on probably at least two or three assists.

Clint Irwin also got a rare start with Alex Bono on international duty, and he filled the role well, making a few key saves to stop the bleeding at 1-0. Nick Hagglund looked to be working back toward fitness in his return to the lineup, and Ryan Telfer was a bright spot on the left for the second game in a row.

This game’s results made things a little more interesting at the top of our Rate the Reds leaderboard. Seba still sits on top, but both Jonathan Osorio and Auro are starting to catch up.

Here are the full rankings from Friday’s match.

1. Auro +174
2. Clint Irwin +163
3. Nick Hagglund +143
4. Ryan Telfer +98
5. Chris Mavinga +94
6. Gregory van der Wiel +78
7. Jonathan Osorio +60
8. Liam Fraser +56
9. Victor Vazquez +17
10. Sebastian Giovinco -44
11. Jay Chapman -79
12. Jordan Hamilton -100
13. Greg Vanney -105
14. Michael Bradley -135
15. Tosaint Ricketts -142