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RSL vs. Orlando City, Man of the Match: Corey Baird

The rookie from Stanford shows his class again.

MLS: Real Salt Lake at Orlando City SC Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

It’s hard to believe that ten games in a rookie whom was thought to get occasional minutes with the monarchs would be winning man of the match twice so far this season.

While unable to finish on a couple of occasions, Baird scored a screamer early in the game to give RSL a surprising lead on the road against a team whom had won five straight. Throughout the game he provided energy, intensity and quickness that drove the entirety of the team forward. Is he perchance the number 9 RSL has been looking for after the club lost Alvaro Saborio? Maybe, maybe not. But with two goals and an assist in four games, he is undoubtedly a welcome gem to the claret and cobalt as he has stolen the starting spot from the clubs biggest transfer acquisition in the offseason.

It’s unfortunate that after such an excellent first half, the defense in the second half ended up looking somewhat along the lines like this.

As a sidenote, off the pitch, Baird also recently teamed up with Playing for Pride, an organization that donates money to the human rights campaign when players on their roster make sub appearances, start, provide assists, and nab goals.