Remember how Joel Lindpere came to Red Bull Arena last year, bringing a professionalism and higher level of awareness to the midfield? Tainio is this year's Lindpere. He is a slightly different player, a poised holding midfielder who can smoothly link the defense and the attack. His defending is consistently smart and tough when it needs to be. Center backs Rafa Marquez and Tim Ream get a lot of credit for New York's league-leading defense, but Tainio's adept screening helps a lot, too.
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