Player Ratings: Plata, Morales, Sandoval come up big in 2-1 win over Colorado

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Plata and Morales continued their torrid pace while Sandoval plugged in nicely leading to a good win over RSL rivals, the Colorado Rapids.

Jeff Attinella - 7.5 Attinella made a couple of big saves to be sure, but he also was a bit lucky that a second or third goal did not get past him. The goal that did find its way past him was not his fault, but he was caught out of position a couple times. All in all, a confident performance in his first game replacing Rimando.

Chris Wingert - 7 Wingert had an exceptional game as far as marking and smart defending go. He also took a pretty good attempt on goal but was not able to convert, unfortunately.

Nat Borchers - 6 Borchers had a pretty good game minus that glaring mistake in which he let his mark get away from him in the 83rd minute on a set piece and Moor was able to head it in which gave RSL fans deja vu in a bit of a repeat of the game against Vancouver.

Chris Schuler - 7.5 I would not have said this over the past year or two, but Schuler has become Mr. Consistency. I am never worried about him in the back. He always looks solid and when he is in the game, RSL rarely loses.

Tony Beltran - 7 Beltran had a solid defensive outing as usual. He was also involved in the run of play in the first RSL goal.

Cole Grossman - 7.5 For someone playing his first full 90 minutes since 2011, that was a really good game. He did well to break up plays and get in positions to win the ball back, but his distribution going forward could use some improvement. The good news is that he is more than capable in the defensive midfield position and he showed that against Colorado.

Javier Morales - 8.5 Morales had a nice assist on the Plata goal and was able to take a nearly perfect PK with his patented stutter step. Morales is looking more and more like his 2011 days before the injury. In other words, he is in fantastic form.

Ned Grabavoy - 6 Grabavoy won a good handful of balls back allowing RSL to get possession but he was unable to be truly effective in the offensive thrust.

Luke Mulholland - 6.5 Mulholland had yet again the kind of performance that shows why he should be starting as opposed to Gil or Velasquez. This is the kind of competition for a spot on the field I like to see.

Joao Plata - 8 It is evident that Plata is having the best year of his career. He is scoring nearly a goal per game which is impressively good. He did not lose a step against the Rapids and his goal was at a tough angle. Well played.

Devon Sandoval - 8 Sandoval had just as much if not more to do with the Plata goal than Morales did with some nice footwork to keep the ball in motion and the Rapids on the back pedal. His work rate was second to none as usual.

Substitutes

Luis Gil - N/A, although I should mention that it is nice to see Gil back on the field, even if it was just for a few minutes.

John Stertzer - N/A

Sebastian Velasquez - N/A

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