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Player Ratings: Houston 5-1 RSL

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A horrible start to the match put things out of reach.

MLS: Real Salt Lake at Houston Dynamo Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Van Oekel - 5 Van Oekel came up big a few times, but nobody could come up big enough to make up for RSL’s defensive mistakes.

Tony Beltran - 3.5 Beltran didn’t have quite the same match as he had against Philly. He got beat a couple times when Houston was in the attack and unfortunately was partially responsible for a couple of their goals.

Chris Schuler - 4 Schuler did some things well, but seemed to make some unwise decisions leaving

Aaron Maund - 4.5 Maund was probably the best player on RSL’s back line on the night, but it was a very low bar.

Justin Schmidt - 3 Schmidt put RSL down a goal a mere three minutes into the match. His own goal was very untimely. He got beat repeatedly by more experienced players.

Stephen Sunday - 4.5 Sunny played aggressively, but returned to his ways of making some head-scratching passes putting RSL in a tough spot.

Kyle Beckerman - 5.5 Beckerman was one of the few bright spots on the field for RSL with some incredible tackles and some nice looks going forward.

Albert Rusnak - 6 Rusnak quietly put together a nice game showing a lot of skill and splitting defenders. He simply didn’t have a supporting cast.

Joao Plata - 6 Plata definitely cost RSL the second Houston goal. He just kind of stopped defending mid stride. His takes looked pretty good for the second game in a row and his free kick goal just before he came off was nice to see to at least keep his goal-scoring form in tact.

Yura Movsisyan - 5 Yura looked a little better this game, but still didn’t get any clean shots off.

Jefferson Savarino - 6.5 Jefferson’s instincts were on full display again and he was one of the few entertaining elements of the game for RSL.

Substitutions

Luis Silva - 5.5 Silva had a few nice moments coming on when the game was already lost.

Jose Hernandez - 5 Hernandez got a shot or two off, but was unable to keep it on frame. He tracked back on defense to prevent what could have been Houston’s 6th.

Omar Holness - N/A