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Player Ratings: Rimando takes top spot after 1-0 win over Chivas USA

Randal Serr takes on RSL's 1-0 win over Chivas USA. No points for guessing that the top player made a certain penalty save that kept RSL in the match.


Nick Rimando - 9 - The only reason Rimando doesn't get a higher rating is because I have seen even better performances that what he had against Chivas ie. RSL vs. Seattle in the 2012 MLS Playoffs. That is not to take away from the monumental night he had. Were it not for his PK save, 18 and counting, RSL may very well have been on its way to a tie if not a loss. That was a momentum changer that really woke up the crowd.

Lovel Palmer - 7 - Like I said last week, I really like the trend that Palmer is currently on. In my opinion he is the biggest threat to Wingert's starting position at this point.

Nat Borchers - 6 - I do not recall any spectacular saves by Borchers, but I think that means that it never got to that point because Borchers organized the defense well enough that there was no need for such a save.

Chris Schuler - 7 - I thought last night was Schuler's best showing of 2013. He made some timely steps and prevented Chivas from getting too close to a goal for the better part of the game.

Tony Beltran - 6.5 - Beltran looked to be taking care of business in his neck of the woods. I can't really ask for much more from Beltran that what he did against "the goats."

Yordany Alvarez - 6 - Yordany seemed to be in more of an attacking mindset than what we would normally see out of the calmer (with regard to possession) Beckerman.It made for more back and forth and that was fun to watch in a way.

Ned Grabavoy - 6 - I have liked Grabavoy more this year much more than any year in the past. He seems to be sharper and more confident. Maybe I'm wrong. But I don't think I am.

Javier Morales - 8- Morales is getting better with every game this year. He very well could have put in another goal andwas able to create a few good chances for his teammates. He is drawing more and more attention from the opposition as well which opens up the field for others. I hope he can stay healthy and determined.

Luis Gil - 5.5 - I saw nothing from Gil that made me think he deserves a higher rating than what he got against Vancouver. I did learn on the post game show on ESPN700 that he has a bum ankle right now. I hope that is the only issue at hand because I know he can do better than what he has done the past few games.

Olmes Garcia - 7 - His sheer athleticism showed through against Chivas. He was beating defenders to the ball and getting around them with relative ease. He was really, really unlucky not to have scored. I mean if you hit the crossbar twice, that is just unfair. The ball doesn't lie I suppose. Either way, his future is as bright as any other young star's is in MLS.

Alvaro Saborio - 6 Sabo was also unlucky not to have scored this game. He was really dangerous and just a foot or two off from putting a couple past Kennedy. He will score against the Galaxy. Mark my words.


Sebastian Velasquez - 6.5 - Velasquez looks like a veteran out there at times, especially when it comes to getting around defenders both in the run of play and in set pieces. I love what he brings to the table.

Robbie Findley - 6.5 - We have not seen the best of Findley yet. Just you wait, he is going to have a solid 2013 campaign. From what I have seen thus far he is much improved from when we last saw him in MLS. The most obvious addition to his game is what he can do with the ball at his feet now. Whether or not Findley was good for Nottingham Forrest, it seems the whole ordeal really did make Findley a better soccer player.

Khari Stephenson - 5 - How do I rate a player when he only sees a couple minutes? Hence the 5, meaning not good or bad because I just can't really say.