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Player Ratings: RSL's win at Toronto highlighted by goalscorer, defense


Nick Rimando - 8 Here's hoping that losing Rimando to the national team for a month doesn't hurt RSL in MLS play. He saved two goal line chances in the dying moments of the game and kept the 0 on the board in classic Rimando style.

Lovel Palmer - 6 No complaints really, he did well under more pressure than Real would normally have since they changed up their formation. His speed is his strength and it helped him against Toronto.

Nat Borchers - 6.5 Borchers looked a bit shakier than usual, maybe that was due to him having to absorb more pressure than usual with one less midfielder. To his credit, the defense came away with the shutout and he cleaned up his marking mistake with a clearance at the last second.

Aaron Maund - 8.5 If you were to ask me before the game how I thought Maund would do starting against Toronto after his horrid performance in his Open Cup game, I would have told you I was very nervous. Maund proved me wrong. Not only did he prove me wrong, but I thought he was the player of the game with his confidence and timely step ins that prevented Toronto from threatening until the last few minutes. All of this while wearing a jersey that was at least two sizes too big.

Tony Beltran - 7.5 Beltran let his emotions get the best of him, but I didn't think he had that sort of fight in him. I was actually kind of taken aback by it. I like that he stood up for himself, but that could hurt RSL badly if it were to occur in a more important game. His play was good up to that point, particularly with his play of the ball that lead to Yordany's goal.

Kyle Beckerman - 6.5 Just when you though Beckerman had almost too much responsibility, Kreis tested him and only put out three midfielders. Beckerman didn't look as comfortable as usual, but that's not entirely his fault.

Yordany Alvarez - 8 Yordany put on a laser show in Toronto. That as a really nice goal, especially for it being his debut goal in MLS. That said, I thought he was losing the ball in bad positions previous to the goal. His play picked up nicely after that.

Javier Morales - 6.5 Morales seemed to frustrate Toronto as evidenced by their persistent infringement. It goes to show that Morales was outplaying them, much like Garcia.

Joao Plata - 5.5 Here comes my criticism of Plata. He does great things with the ball at his feet and does grease the offense, but here's the thing. He doesn't do well with his chances. Statistically speaking, of all the forwards he does the least with the amount of shots and shots on goal that he has. Don't get me wrong, I think he is a valuable piece to this team and he is so young that he is likely to figure out how to finish with time, but as of right now he has room to improve in that arena. He didn't show me otherwise against Toronto.

Olmes Garcia - 6.5 Much like Morales, Garcia outplayed the Toronto defenders and he got in their heads with his sheer athleticism and speed. Nice showing for Garcia and his hunger is not going away apparently.

Devon Sandoval - 5.5 Sandoval held up the ball well a few times and really had to fight to keep it more than once, but he needs to be confident enough to take a shot on the first touch.


Ned Grabavoy - 5.5 Grabavoy didn't have a bad game, I just think he typically does better when he starts. That allows him more time to establish himself and push forward in the offense.

Robbie Findley - 5.5 None of the forwards showed really well against Toronto, but Findley did as he does and stretches the game out. But when you have a ton of space like he did and there was only one defender in his path, he has to do better whether that is completing the pass or taking a shot. His easily intercepted pass was frustrating to say the least.

Abdoulie Mansally - 5 I didn't notice much from Mansally when he came on late, but I don't think we have ever seen a performance from him that has matched up to his RSL debut.