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Player Ratings: Seattle 1-0 RSL

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The effort was there, but the result was not.

MLS: Real Salt Lake at Seattle Sounders FC Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Rimando - 6.5 Two saves doesn’t seem like much, but the saves came at critical times and were not easy saves to make. Rimando looked sharp.

Aaron Herrera - 6 Herrera was great in his battles with Victor Rodriguez and came out on top more often than not.

Marcelo Silva - 6 Silva had a really good game overall and made one of the best timed tackles we’ve seen in a while to prevent a clear scoring chance for Seattle.

Nedum Onuoha - 5.5 Nedum had a few nervy moments with a near hand ball in the box and some giveaways that were uncharacteristic of him, but he also had a bright moment or two to anchor the defence.

Brooks Lennon - 5 Lennon’s service was not hitting the intended target. His defensive effort was there but a little too much came through his side.

Kyle Beckerman - 6 Beckerman was excellent in helping keep possession and played a smart game.

Everton Luiz - 6.5 Luiz dug in once again and helped keep Seattle from having very many good looks.

Albert Rusnak - 4 Rusnak had a really quiet game and skied what was one of RSL’s best chances on the night.

Corey Baird - 5.5 Baird, like Rusnak, had a quiet game. He did have a couple of great through balls to find his team mates making runs though.

Jefferson Savarino - 3.5 Savarino looked hungry and took a shot when he had it, but missed the clearest chance of the night which would have given RSL a much needed point. Those are the types of chances you have to finish.

Sam Johnson - 6.5 Johnson looked more than ready for his first MLS start. A lot of RSL’s scoring opportunities came because of Johnson’s speed and positioning. We also learned that when he gets everything on the ball, keepers will have a really difficult time stopping him.

Substitutes

Bofo Saucedo - 5 Bofo had a chance to make an impact on this game but too many of his passes and attacking plays ended up in lost possession.

Tate Schmitt - N/A

Luis Arriaga - N/A