Real Salt Lake @ Sounders FC Player Ratings
Nick Rimando: (6/10) With just two shots on target for Seattle, there wasn’t much for Rimando to do, especially in the second half where RSL held almost 75% of the possession.
Tony Beltran: (6.5/10) Beltran as clean through in the 82nd minute after a beautiful buildup that started just inside the Sounders half; but he didn’t get a shot on goal after a last ditch tackle by Brad Evans.
Jamison Olave: (5.5/10) Muscled off the line by Ochoa early for his headed effort on goal. Substituted at half.
Chris Wingert: (6/10) Gave the ball away early on a couple of occasions, but seemed to settle in afterwards. Not a lot to do in the second half with Sounders down a man. He made a poor pass early on to Jonny Steele but made a wonderful first half interception to a dangerous curved ball into the RSL six yard box.
Nat Borchers: (8/10) He twice was the last line of defence when RSL was cut open. Then was the hero a third time to deny Montero. And that was just the first half. Corralling Mauro Rosales is no easy chore and the fullback had his hands full early with the attack coming down his side. Got forward often in the second half but with the ball going down the middle was often left waving his hands out wide.
Kyle Beckerman: (6.5/10) Had two opportunities on goal in a matter of minutes in the first half, when Seattle had gifted possession. Neither shot was hit cleanly or significantly tested Gspurning. You expected Beckerman and company to take control of the midfield with Sounders down a man, and while in some spells they did, it never happened to the extent that they could break open Seattle’s defense.
Luis Gil: (6/10) Phenomenal defending charging from top of the box to the end line to deny a clear goal scoring opportunity in the seventh minute when Ochoa played a cross towards Fredy Montero waiting alone at the far post
Jonny Steele: (6/10) Somewhat of a quiet game for Steele who between Beckerman distributing and Morales actively seeking the ball, often was squeezed out of the play and vacillated too often when in possession.
Javier Morales: (7/10) Looked to have embellished the tackle on him from Scott and got the central defender sent off. He forced a save out of Gspurning in the 48th minute after a long period of possession.
Fabian Espindola: (7/10) He played high but also dropped back deep to assist in the link up play. His close dribbling, ability to win possession back, and quick changes of pace caused the Seattle backline trouble.
Emiliano Bonfigli: (5.5/10) Much of the RSL danger was coming from deeper lying positions and there were few balls that found him in position to make a play.
Chris Schuler: (5/10) Was a second half substitution and drew a quick yellow that had Sounders faithful asking for red. In honesty, a red would have been harsh on that play as the foul occurred more on Montero’s turn, then from behind with just the keeper to beat. The yellow made him vulnerable for the remaining 40 minutes. Was denied by a great Gspurning save late on when a more composed forward should have scored.
Sebastian Velasquez: (6.5/10) His speed and dribbling ability stretched a tired backline to their capacity late on. He nearly scored twice himself and also set up others.
David Viana: He looked very lively in the short time he was on. Given the failings of others, he may receive another chance to impress very soon.
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