Yes, I’m giving Casseres the nod over his younger Yank teammate this week, even though Clark is the name on everyone’s lips after RBNY bagged their first victory under Gerhard Struber. Both scored on tempting layoffs by striker Fabio (that’s two goals in two weeks for Casseres). Both were active defensively. Both were committed in the midfield battle, and impactful beyond the numbers.
The 21-year-old Venezuelan gets the nod this time because of the hard graft he contributed on both sides of the ball in the right-side shuttler role in the Red Bulls’ 4-4-2 diamond, a deceptively difficult job he seems to be embracing. For me, it’s also a necessary corrective to the natural temptation in the social-media era to let highlight-reel goals overshadow the balance of play.