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Player Ratings: RSL 0-0 Toronto

In the first game of the season, the RSL defense excelled.

MLS: Toronto FC at Real Salt Lake Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Rimando - 8 Let’s be honest, Nick Rimando made the game entertaining for RSL fans. His early save against Jozy Altidore was one of those plays that stopped your breathing for a second and ended in relief. Then he made his 29th career penalty save on probably the best player in MLS, Giovinco. He did commit the penalty, yes, but he made up for it. Great game.

Tony Beltran - 6 Beltran went to battle with a tough attack in Toronto and got the best of Giovinco a couple of times. Hopefully Beltran is poised to get back to the USMNT in 2017.

David Horst - 6.5 Horst was called upon to start the match after Maund picked up an injury and he filled the spot very well. He did not look at all rattled or nervous, rather, he played with confidence and was one of the better players in the first half.

Chris Schuler - 7 Is anyone still doubts that Schuler can still be great, those doubts are being wiped away one game at a time. If Schuler keeps having performances like that and can stay healthy, you’d have to put him in the conversation of being one of the best defenders in MLS. The fact that Toronto didn’t score a goal was in large part due to Schuler.

Chris Wingert - 6.5 Wingert is a MLS veteran and it shows in his smart play. He has seen it all before and his positioning gave the Toronto attack fits.

Sunny Obayan - 5 Sunny played aggressive and broke up some plays here and there, but Toronto was still able to possess the ball just as much as RSL.

Kyle Beckerman - 6 Beckerman should very well have had an assist in the second half when he chipped the ball over the defenders to find a streaking Plata. His passing and ability to calm things down helped RSL a lot on the day.

Albert Rusnak - 6.5 Rusnak had five key passes and was able to get a couple of shots off himself. You can see his quality on full display and with a little bit of time, he will fully gel with his teammates and good things will happen.

Jordan Allen - 5.5 Allen got a couple shots off and played some solid defense when called upon. He was unfortunate not to get a clearer look, but had an overall decent game.

Joao Plata - 5.5 Plata should have had the game winning goal, it’s as simple as that. He had an open look at goal with just the keeper in the way but sent it high. The good news is that he was finding the right spaces.

Yura Movsisyan - 4.5 Movsisyan found the ball in a few good spots, but generally had too quiet of a game for the role he is supposed to fill.


Chad Barrett - 5.5 Barrett only had about 20 minutes on the field but was able to get two shots off, one of which was on goal. Not a bad shift.

Luke Mulholland - N/A

Ricardo Velazco - N/A