Match Analysis: Roma 3 – 1 MLS All Stars



Roma (4-3-3): De Sanctis; Torosidis, Benatia, Castan, Balzaretti; Florenzi, Strootman, Bradley; Pjanic, Tallo, Totti

MLS (4-4-2): Fernandez; Beltran, Collin, Besler, Ashe; Zusi, Davis, Johnson, Beckerman; Henry, Di Vaio


Roma 3 – 1 MLS All Stars


4′ – Strootman (Roma)
47′ – Florenzi (Roma)
68′ – Tallo (Roma)
90′ + 1′ – Gonzalez (MLS)


Roma started their tour of the United States with a commanding victory over the MLS All Stars. Roma began the match quickly with an opening goal via Kevin Strootman. The build up to the goal involved sublime movement and passing through Alessandro Florenzi. Strootman’s early goal set the tone as Roma attacked the MLS side’s make shift defense through the middle and out on the flanks. The back four consisting of Vasilis Torosidis, Mehdi Benatia, Leandro Castan, and Federico Balzaretti was hardly ever pressured, aside from a last minute consolation goal from Omar Gonzalez. The link-up play between the midfield trio was sublime. Roma were able to control possession and the tempo of the match throughout. Unexpectedly, newly acquired goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis made his Giallorossi debut and was a commanding presence in the area, coming off his line to cut-off several corner kicks and prevent any build-up play the All Stars had.


De Sanctis, 6.0 – Very little work for the newly acquired goalkeeper, but was good when called upon
Torosidis, 5.5 – Poor crossing, but decent on the right flank
Benatia, 6.5 – Seems to be adjusting nicely from a back 3 to a back 4
Castan, 6.0 – Had some problems preventing the build-up but nothing too concerning
Balzaretti, 6.5 – Lively runs down the left flank, still needs to improve on his crosses

Florenzi, 8.0 – Was able to find lots of space and also find the back of the net. Was the match’ MVP
Strootman, 7.0 – Found the back of the net after just 4 minutes and was a commanding presence in the middle
Bradley, 6.5 – Showed plenty of grinta and hustle, helping Roma control possession

Pjanic, 6.0 – Looked much more comfortable in an attacking position than he has in the center of the midfield
Tallo, 5.5 – Found the back of the net, but made poor runs and careless passes
Totti, 8.5 – Passing was sublime; easily the best player on the pitch


Lobont, 6.0 – Given very little responsibility; conceded a late goal
Marquinho, 5.0 – Made decent runs but failed to make an impact
De Rossi, 6.0 – Looked strong in his brief substitute appearance
Ricci, 5.0 – Did not get involved much in the build-up
Caprari, 6.0 – Probably should have been in the XI for Tallo, but showed strong runs down the flank