Nick Rimando - 8 FC Dallas tested Rimando early and often. He ended the game with five saves, all of which showed the Rimando has still got it. His reflections were fun to watch, and they did as much as anyone to earn RSL a point in Dallas.
Demar Phillips - 4.5 Demar earned the start over Acosta in the first game of the year, but he wasn’t in control of his side for much of the game. He’ll have to do better to keep his starting position.
Marcelo Silva - 6 Marcelo got the own goal, sure, but he was put in a tough spot trying to salvage a bad situation. Besides that, he had a solid showing.
Justen Glad - 6 Glad played a smart game as to be expected. He cut off angles and recovered when called upon.
Shawn Berry - 6.5 Berry got the start with Petke in a pinch having Henley and Herrera with minor injuries. RSL’s incredible depth payed off in the first game with Berry stepping in and quite possibly being the best defender of the night. It was quiet on his side, which is exactly what you want on the defensive side of the ball.
Kyle Beckerman - 5.5 Beckerman had a relatively low key game. He had one of RSL’s best chances to score with his header, but sent it just high.
Damir Kreilach - 7 Kreilach had a fantastic debut for Real Salt Lake. I think it’s fair to say most of us were surprised to see him in the starting lineup, but it didn’t take long to see why he was. He is sharp in his passing, fit, threatens to score, and fits very well into RSL’s game plan. He is only going to get better.
Albert Rusnak - 6.5 Rusnak had some really good footwork and played calm on the ball. He found the open runners and ended up with an assist on the Plata goal. With just a tiny bit more luck, he would have had a goal as well.
Jefferson Savarino - 5.5 Savarino did an incredible job of creating scoring chances, but squandered the chances he created.
Luis Silva - 5 Silva did not have much in the way of creating chances in the first match of 2018, but he should pick up a bit at home next week.
Joao Plata - 7 Plata was the lone goalscorer for RSL. He took his chance well getting around a couple defenders and a keeper.
Danilo Acosta - 3.5 Danny got roughly 15 minutes on the field, and in his biggest test of the night he made a poor decision to not play the ball out of bounds which led to the own goal. He’ll learn from it and continue to improve. Unfortunately, these are things you can expect from a young player.
David Horst - N/A
Sunny - N/A