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Player Ratings: Rimando top save earns top honors

Is there any surprise who takes top honors after last night's match? It's always going to be Nick Rimando, who kept RSL in the lead when all seemed lost.


Nick Rimando - 9.5 I don't know that I have seen Rimando as in form as I have seen him in the first games of 2013. He already has two PK saves and the one he had tonight secured RSL 3 points on the road. He had at least another couple great saves. If he doesn't start in the MLS All-Star Game this year, it will be a joke. He has outperformed any other keeper thus far, hands down.

Carlos Salcedo - 6.5 Had an impressive debut for RSL. He was a bit dangerous on his first yellow, but other than that risky move I thought he did pretty well. It is good news to see an academy guy break the mold and play with the first team.

Chris Schuler - 6 You could argue that the Revolution goal was a direct result of his his risk-no reward move to try to clear the ball when the guy with the ball was coming straight at him. You could also argue that the other defenders should have been able to clean up the mess. Or you could argue that it was just a good goal. I tend to lean towards the first argument. If he is to reach higher levels of play, he needs to be consistent. Those sort of mistakes can't hapen.

Tony Beltran - 7.5 Tony had a great cross that lead to the first goal for RSL. He was solid positionally and performed his duties admirably. He has found a nice level of consistency now that RSL has played a decent amount of games.

Chris Wingert - 6 Wingert seemed to have a pretty quiet night, but he doesn't have to have the best night of his career every night. I'm just glad he's back. The defense looks less shaky when he's in the lineup.

Kyle Beckerman - 7 Beckerman was dropping back to help the defense in light of Borchers being gone, and he was pushing forward to make the offense tick. In other words, he was doing it all. Good game. And it must be mentioned that his attempt on goal put Garcia in a great position to score on the rebound.

Ned Grabavoy - 6 Not his best showing by any means but not his worst. He had a good chance to score and came up short, but he did pretty well in his midfield responsibilities.

Luis Gil - 6.5 Gil looked better tonight than he has over the past few games. I have noticed that he typically does much better at home than on the road, but tonight showed me that the tide might be turning. If he can figure things out on the road, he might just live up to his potential. He is still a teenager, right?

Javier Morales - 6 Morales didn't seem to have as much of an effect on the play this game as he usually does. I noticed that New England really honed in on him and he was fouled a good amount though. Luckily, the other midfielders were able to relieve some of his burden.

Devon Sandoval - 7.5 Honestly, I thought he should have been able to take advantage of a couple more chances, but his work rate resulted in dividends and he scored his first MLS goal. You have to be happy for him with all of the effort he gives. He is doing a good job as a back-up for Sabo, but he's no Sabo. That said, few in MLS are up to Sabo's level.

Joao Plata - 6 He didn't have any assists this game? What? That's alright, he can't do it every game. I wish he could though.


Olmes Garcia - 8 Came in and changed the pace of the game. He also scored the game-winner. His athleticism is showing and I think he is only going to get stronger and faster.

Sebastian Velasquez - 7.5 Velasquez was another game-changer. I like the chemistry that him and Garcia seem to have. Maybe it is the Colombian connection? I'm going to go ahead and make a prediction that he and Garcia will be the stars of RSL for years to come.

Abdoulie Mansally - 5 Didn't see a lot of time, but got on the field against his former club. Didn't show particularly well, but he was not given enough minutes to make get in any sort of rhythm either.