Player Ratings: RSL 1-1 Chivas USA, Desert Diamond Cup

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With our first-choice lineup on the pitch (or something close to it) for the duration of the match, Real Salt Lake drew 1-1 with Chivas USA with the season starting in only a week.

Rimando: 6.5. Solid on the night, but some miscommunication between Nick Rimando and Carlos Salcedo led to RSL's early conceded goal.

Beltran: 7.5. Good attacking play at right back and didn't do wrong defensively. Tony Beltran kept the ball alive importantly for RSL's goal and was always involved in attack.

Borchers: 7. Good work but nothing outstanding was required. A solid defensive shift we've come to expect from Nat Borchers.

Salcedo: 5.5. Whiffed on a clearance that led to the first goal, leaving Rimando to hang out to dry. Despite that, he moved the ball around really well and was a good distributive outlet. He simply has to cut out the mistakes - which, to be fair, we were saying about Chris Schuler a year ago.

Wingert: 6.5. Play when on the flanks generally leaned to the right side, but Chris Wingert was available and effective when involved.

Beckerman: 8. In good form already, Beckerman was assured in his touches, great in his distribution, and always looked to win the ball back early.

Grabavoy: 7.5. A great connector, and that was on full display. He was excellent on both sides of the ball, too.

Gil: 6.5. Did fine but wasn't the most involved he's ever been. He'll want to continue improving that, and he'll have plenty of opportunities.

Morales: 7.5. Hit the bar on a great free kick from just outside the area and had a great run along the touchline to create the goal. Javier Morales was as important to our play as ever.

Garcia: 6. Garcia struggled to make things really happen, and it stifled his impact. He's not a connective player up top naturally, which can leave him in difficult positions when his partner isn't at his best.

Plata: 6. Not great. He never looked dangerous or connective, leaving him with little true impact throughout.


Saborio: Found his position brilliantly for the goal and looked dangerous during his 30-minute cameo. He struck the bar around the 76th minute from a difficult angle

Mulholland: Dare I say it, Luke Mulholland has been one of the brightest spots of the preseason, given he came in as a near-complete unknown. He's consistently been effective in attack and involved in defense, and it will serve him well when the season starts.

Allen: Had fewer than ten minutes out there and looked good in the few moments he had on the ball. Jordan Allen floats around with great frequency, and as he was playing up top, this allowed him more involvement than if he were to remain static.

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