Player Ratings: US Open Cup win marked by defensive efforts

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Nick Rimando - 8.5 As Kries said in his post-game interview, "I've got to figure out what he's eating, and eat the same thing." Without a few key saves by Rimando, particularly the one against Will Johnson, RSL may not have had an opportunity to host the final at home. Rimando's confidence is through the roof right now after coming back from his U.S. Open Cup starting role.

Tony Beltran - 7 So good to have the U.S. Men's National Teamer back in the lineup. He solidifies what is otherwise a somewhat leaky RSL defense. Against Portland he looked as reliable as ever.

Nat Borchers - 6.5 Borchers let Valeri get by him which led to the goal. Maybe he was the victim of an unlucky bounce, but either way he should be able to get the ball out of that dangerous area or just stay in front of Valeri. Otherwise, good night. You have to appreciate Borchers vocal leadership.

Carlos Salcedo - 7 Not only did Salcedo keep is undefeated streak going. but he stood up for Rimando when he got hammered. He, a 19-year-old, got right up in the guy's face and let him know in so many words that he can't do that.

Chris Wingert - 6.5 Much like Beltran, Wingert brings a nice veteran awareness and provides stability on the defensive end. Even if he didn't have the speed to keep pace with some of the Portland forwards, he put himself in a good position to fend off their attack. Only downside on the night was that he didn't mark up on Valeri after Rimando was able to deflect his shot.

Kyle Beckerman - 7.5 The captain was aggressive from the start and it showed with his assist very early in the game. He did well to put the ball in just the right spot for Sabo.

Luis Gil - 6 Again, largely unnoticed on the offensive well but I thought he did well will his defensive effort. I think Gil's next step in his development is providing creativity and offensive leadership when Morales is out.

Ned Grabavoy - 8 Grabavoy looked good. Really good. He worked as hard or harder than anybody against the Timbers. Perhaps the most improved player of MLS?

Khari Stephenson - 6 Stephenson does well to threaten from outside the box, but he is due for another goal. Against the Timbers his shot seemed off.

Robbie Findley - 6 .5 Findley probably could have taken a shot or two for himself, but that has seemed to be the story for the past four or five games. He did really well defensively and put in a lot of work.

Alvaro Saborio - 8.5 This guy is good. I don't think he could have put the ball anywhere else to have a goal. That was perfect placement on a snap header. The quality he possesses as a goal scorer is unmatched by the rest of the team to be sure. Oh, and he assisted on the Plata goal. That said, there were a couple runs he could have made to have a couple more chances.

Substitutes

Joao Plata - 8.5 That goal was a nice skill check as Brian Dunseth would say. He put a nice bend on the ball that made it impossible for Ricketts to save. The energy and chemistry he brings when he comes on later in games is a nice weapon in Kreis' artillery.

Javier Morales - 5 Quiet night, but in fairness he only played a handful of minutes.

Yordany Alvarez - 5 See Morales' rating.

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