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Player Ratings: Some suffer, others shine in 2-2 draw with Philadelphia Union


Josh Saunders- 8.5 Two goals got past him but it would be hard to argue that they were much to his fault. Maybe the first one, definitely not the second. But when it came down to the closing minutes and Le Toux had him in a one-on-one situation, Saunders came through in a big way and made a save against all odds and RSL got the point largely because of it. He showed just how invested in this team he is when he couldn't watch Javi's PK. I'm glad to have him here.

Lovel Palmer - 6.5 Palmer made good runs at the right times and used his speed to his advantage. He was dangerous most of the night and had he not received that ghost red card, he would have had his best game in a RSL uniform.

Nat Borchers - 6 It is not very often that Borchers gets juked like he did, but he did get tugged pretty hard before the goal went down. Besides that he was pretty solid, but that goal was costly.

Carlos Salcedo 6 Each CB took their turn sliding past Philly and giving up a goal. salcedo is young though so it is better to learn this lesson early on. He went head to head with Casey and gave him fits most of the night.

Chris Wingert 6.5 Wingert was a bit off in his passes but was positionally aware and made a wise foul toward the end of the game.

Yordany Alvarez 6 I didn't see Alvarez get involved as much as I would have liked, but he didn't have a poor performance.

Javier Morales - 8.5 A goal and an assist on the night when he captained the team and showed just how determined he was to lead them to a result regardless of being a man down and a goal down twice. And that PK was an incredible take.

Ned Grabavoy - 5.5 Ned had a lot of fight in him but he showed a decent amount of frustration too, probably with the reffing and with his own play. He wasn't connecting on the passes he normally makes.

Khari Stephenson - 6 Khari tried to get a couple of shots off outside the box but couldn't make a shot on goal happen. No other highlights that stood out to me, but he was under control most of the time.

Joao Plata - 6 Plata created plenty of chances for himself and others but was unable to put them away. He needs to do better with his chances, that much is clear. But he can't be blamed for others missing theirs.

Robbie Findley - 5.5 Not Robbie's best night. He is holding the ball up well and waiting for the right pass, but seems to need a recalibration. His ideas are great, but a little sharpness and I would be singing a different tune.


Sebastian Velasquez - 7 Per @ccb1212 RSL scores a goal every 46 minutes that he is on the field which leads the team. That stat didn't lie against Philly. He gave them a shot in the arm as soon as he came on.

Olmes Garcia - 5 Worst game of the season so far if only because he didn't capitalize on great opportunities and whiffed twice. Then he got into his own head, flopped around too much. It just wasn't very good. We know he is better than what he showed against the Union.

Luis Gil - 8 Timely, quality goal from a kid with a lot of confidence after his World Cup performance. More to come on that later.