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Player Ratings: LAFC 2-3 RSL

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Grit and determination.

MLS: Knockout Round-Real Salt Lake at Los Angeles FC Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Rimando - 6.5 Big players come up big in big games. Big. A couple goals got past him, not much he could do about those ones. But he stood tall down the stretch to preserve the lead and ultimately the win.

Aaron Herrera - 6 In his first MLS Playoff experience, Herrera did pretty well even though he got into some foul trouble.

Chinedum Onuoha - 7.5 What a showing from Onuoah in only his second MLS start. He read the game so well at LA that even though things got nervy, he never let LAFC gain confidence. This guy is quietly sneaking up on MLS during the Playoffs no less. He’s RSL’s secret weapon.

Marcelo Silva - 5.5 Silva once again had a good game except for his marking. That might be a weak spot for him.

Brooks Lennon - 7 Lennon got some MLS Playoff minutes under his belt and rose to the occasion. His assist to Damir early on was on point and Lennon continued to thrive for the rest of the game.

Kyle Beckerman - 6 If there was a highlight reel consisting of saves in the final third, Beckerman would be the protagonist.

Luke Mulholland - 5.5 Mulholland put in some serious work on defense and proved valuable in RSL’s approach to this game. The passes were a bit off the mark, but he absolutely served his purpose and played his heart out.

Damir Kreilach - 9 Damir was RSL’s MVP in this game. He scored two goals, one of which will be remembered for years to come if retweets are any indication. He also found Savarino on what ultimately ended up as an own goal.

Corey Baird - 5 Corey helped keep LAFC’s defense stretched out when RSL was able to get forward, but had a pretty quiet game otherwise.

Jefferson Savarino - 6 Sava took a shot that ended up in the net to give RSL the win. He wasn’t credited with the goal, but the take was a good one regardless.

Albert Rusnak - 5.5 Rusnak was unable to get as involved in LA as one would like, but that’s not to say he was ineffective. Defenders have to pay attention to him and he put in some defensive work of his own.

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Joao Plata - 5 Plata used his fresh legs to get the ball out of danger, but spent most of his time on defense.

Sunny - N/A

Justen Glad - N/A