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RSL v. VAN, Man of the Match: Justen Glad

The academy product provided some stability in what may be the second youngest backline to debut in MLS history.

MLS: Real Salt Lake at Vancouver Whitecaps Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

I think it’s safe to say that at times this year Justen Glad has not looked like the same player that he was last year. In the second matchup of the season against the Vancouver Whitecaps, it is also safe to say that such was not the case. The young centerback made some incredible tackles, perhaps the best being in the 15th minute in addition to blocking multiple shots. It’s unfortunate that despite the consistency that he showed all game a small lapse in defensive focus leaked in two second-half goals in spite of an excellent overall performance.

Other Contenders

Jefferson Savarino - He didn’t exactly have the best first touch at times, but was incredibly active and created some dangerous moments.

Nick Rimando - At the end of the first half it seemed that Nick Rimando may have been on his way to win #200, but it was not meant to be, although surely no fault of his own. Were it not for some excellent saves the scoreline surely would have been a few goals bigger.

Pablo Ruiz - Despite playing out of position, for the most part the 19 year old remained calm, cool and collective in his starting debut for the club on turf.