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Player Ratings: Houston 1-1 RSL

RSL executed their game plan in the season opener.

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

Nick Rimando - 5.5 We did not have to call on Rimando much in this game. Houston only had one shot on goal, so Rimando ended the game without a save. His distribution was very nice though.

Aaron Herrera - 6 Herrera ended the game having won the battles on his side of the field. He was focused and held things down well.

Marcelo Silva - 5.5 Silva quietly helped hold the defensive fort down for RSL.

Nedum Onuoha - 6 Nedum had a solid game. Sure, Manotas scored on him but the confusion leading up to the Houston goal was much more to blame than Nedum.

Brooks Lennon - 5 Lennon had a miscue with someone on his side when Lundkvist streaked up his side to find Manotas for the goal. I’m not sure what happened, but Lennon was definitely not going at Lundkvist at full speed in that moment.

Albert Rusnak - 7 Rusnak was RSL’s most dangerous player with four shots and a goal. His goal was nice with him going through the defender’s legs to find space.

Kyle Beckerman - 6.5 Beckerman complimented Silva well and had a few incredible passes to give RSL some good looks at goal.

Everton Luiz - 6.5 Luiz played his role extremely well in his first MLS match. He moved up when Beckerman moved back and vice versa. He was an enforcer on defense. There is more to come from Luiz.

Corey Baird - 6.5 Baird went about his business and was a creative force in Houston. He was frankly unlucky not to score, but was duly credited with an assist.

Jefferson Savarino - 6 Savarino had some really nice runs and got past defenders to help keep the ball. If this was a home game, he would have seen much more of the ball and done more with it.

Damir Kreilach - 5.5 Kreilach largely had a quiet night, but did end up with a shot on goal.


Sam Johnson - 6 Johnson made his first regular season appearance for RSL and did really well to use his speed and strength to go at defenders. He looked pretty comfortable considering this was his debut and that it was on the road.

Joao Plata - 5 Plata only had about 12 minutes to work with and was able to get a shot off.