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Player Ratings: Grabavoy, Morales impress in draw with Vancouver

Randal Serr is back once again with player ratings; unsurprisingly, his top man this week just made his return from injury and influenced affairs the entire time he was on the pitch.


Nick Rimando - 8 - How many Save of the Week nominees did Rimando have against Vancouver? At least 3 in my mind. Doing these ratings every week makes me realize just how high of a performer Rimando is. Possibly the most highly rated on the team. I should do the math.

Lovel Palmer - 6.5 I really hope that this performance means that Palmer is coming into his own within the RSL system. I was particularly surprised to see him get the nod over Mansally. He proved Kreis right.

Nat Borchers - 6 - He slipped in the box, largely due to the horrible turf surface. Can't really blame him if we are to be fair. Other than that mishap, he did really well as usual.

Chris Schuler - 6.5 - I have said something similar to this before, but if a defender pretty well goes unnoticed, that is a good thing. It probably means he read the game well and was not forced into stressful situations.

Tony Beltran - 6.5 - The more I watch Beltran play, the more I like what he can do with the ball at his feet, especially for his position.

Kyle Beckerman - 6 - Kyle seemd as fiery as ever until his rib became unbearable? I'm guessing that is what happened, but until he was subbed off he was leading the team emotionally.

Ned Grabavoy - 7 - I was impressed with Grabavoys determination this game. He looked creative and focused solely on winning and that is a great asset to have on the team.

Javier Morales - 7.5- Morales is starting to return to form as the cliche goes. The attention he draws and the creativity he brings are vital to make the offense flow. His assist was more than just the pass in and of itself, he insisted that Garcia take a crack and it turned out to be good advice.

Luis Gil - 5.5 - Better performance than last game, but I need to see more. Gil is shaping up to be a top performer in the comfortable confines of RIo Tinto and just average on the road. Harsh? I don't think you can make much of an argument otherwise so far this season.

Joao Plata - 6 - It is probably unfair that Plata has not scored yet. He has a fabulous touch and blinding speed. It is clear that him and Sabo have a good chemistry on the field. The debate about whether Plata should get the nod to start over Findley will rage on.

Alvaro Saborio - 6 I expect a goal about every other game from Saborio. When he doesn't score, his rating drops a bit in my book. I still think he is one of the top 5 forwards in the league though.


Olmes Garcia - 7- It looked to me like Vancouver was caught off guard with Garcia and he made them pay in a big way. His goal was the best we have seen out of this club in some time as far as quality goes. I love where this is headed.

Yordany Alvarez - 6 - Yordany does good work filling some big shoes when Beckerman goes off the field. He seems more and more comfortable in his role all the time.

Khari Stephenson - 5.5 - He did not have much time to get going, but I didn't see much from Stephenson that made me notice him. A midfielder has to insert himself into the game and make things happen. That said, I don't know of many players that seem as calm on the field as he does.