GK: Sean Johnson
SeanJohn was forced into action quite early and often in the contest against the Columbus Crew. But the New York City FC netminder was up to task and had a handful of key saves that kept the Blues in the game. Considering the only goals he conceded were a penalty and defensive lapse, Johnson is worthy of high marks.
RCB: Maxime Chanot
Max had a bit of a quiet game, but it wasn’t bad per se. The Luxembourg-born center back handled Columbus’ high press as best he could and was solid for most of the game.
CB: James Sands
We’ve seen better from NYCFC’s first-ever homegrown signing, but what we did see on Saturday was far from awful. Sands made a huge stop in the second half to deny a dangerous counter-attack and for that, he gets the lukewarm thumbs up.
LCB: Alexander Callens
I hate to give this bad a grade for what was, all-in-all, a decent outing. But mistakes have to be punished, and Callens made two of them. Was the penalty he conceded a bit on the soft side? Sure. But it was called a penalty both on the field and by the VAR, so it’s a penalty. Also, Callen’s huge commitment up the pitch in the second half caused a huge gap on the left side to open up, one which Pedro Santos took full advantage of.
RM: Anton Tinnerholm
If you’re seeing a trend in some of these grades, it’s because there is. Much like his defensive counterparts, TinnerBoom was only able have a minimal impact upon the game at the right wingback position.
LM: Ben Sweat
Sweat wasn’t having a brilliant game when he was taken off for an ankle injury late in the first half. But it would feel unfair to give a starter a grade based on not even a full half of play. We wish Sweat a speedy recovery and hope he’s back on the pitch soon.
RCM: Alexander Ring
Ring did what he does best on Saturday: cause chaos in the midfield and be a leader. The Ringleader did valiantly to distribute in the middle and even set up a banger of a goal (we’ll get to that).
LCM: Ebenezer Ofori
Ofori’s return to the XI was a welcome change from last weekend. But the Ghanaian wasn’t as potent as we’re accustomed to seeing this season.
RW: Maxi Moralez
Since Alexandru Mitrita has returned to the lineup, Maxi has been shifted from the left wing to the right where he, as a right-footed player, can be more of a playmaker as opposed to an inside forward. The change proved most effective, with Moralez’s assist in the second half being the payoff.
LW: Alexandru Mitrita
I’m not gonna pretend like Mitri had a bad game. But his miss from close range in the second half should’ve never happened. For a $9 million transfer fee and a DP spot, those are shots that have to go in.
If the Brazilian forward had any doubters before this, they’ve been silence. Héber’s tally on Saturday took him to 4 on the season as his opportunistic tendencies and ability to get in behind continue to shine.
RW: Ismael Tajouri-Shradi
Isi had to hop in late in first half in place of Ben Sweat, forcing a tactical change. Though his performance was as great as we’ve come to expect from him, the tactical change proved effective and Shroddy Doddy was a key cog in the machine.
CM: Taty Castellanos
I used to have my reservations, but Taty has been making me a believer recently. His golazo off the bench wasn’t only a beauty; it was also the equalizer that ensured NYCFC a share of the points on the road. Good work, kid!
Watch it again and again and again... pic.twitter.com/qzgW3xeBqD— New York City FC (@NYCFC) June 2, 2019
CM: Tony Rocha
I don’t know what Domé sees in this guy. But whatever. He was only on for a few minutes and there was really nothing to talk about in that span.