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Player Ratings: RSL 0-1 Tigres

It was pretty much a kick in the face.

Lucas Muller | RSL Soapbox

Starting XI

Nick Rimando - 7

Nick didn’t have a lot of work to do, but when something did come his way he made the best of it. I don’t think there was much he could do about the deflected ball coming in.

Brooks Lennon - 0

Brooks did great until he didn’t. If you’re going to put your boot that high (and your name isn’t Zlatan Ibrahimovic), you have to know where the opposing player is. After a bang-up night showing why he should be playing on the wing and not in the back, he ends it with an early trip to the locker room.

Justen Glad - 4

Justen ended up in a lot of tough situations with players that were a lot stronger than him. He held up well to the pressure, but ultimately a weak attempt at a clearance ended up putting the ball in the back of his own net.

Erik Holt - 8

This is the kind of match that called for a strong, physical presence in the back and that is exactly what Holt provided. At one point, the ESPN commentators even pointed out that Tigres seemed to be trying to avoid Holt’s side of the field.

Aaron Herrera - 8

Aaron had some absolutely beautiful moments and there was more than one situation where his ability to be dangerous on a break made Savarino have to drop back. The more starts Aaron has, the better he’s becoming on both sides of the ball and I am here for it.

Nick Besler - 6

Honestly, I kind of forgot Nick was on the field, which is exactly what I want from him a lot of the time. Be there, play through, and don’t put yourself in bad spots.

Everton Luiz - 6

It was kind of an uncharacteristic night for Everton. He only played 45 minutes and didn’t have a ton of impact. Had a couple missed opportunities and just looked a little off pace.

Jefferson Savarino - 5

Jefferson was good in the attack, but seemed to forget how offside works. It’s hard, but when your job is to do goals...you need to know how it works.

Damir Kreilach - 6.5

Damir did “okay” on the evening. I’m not sure if it’s a positional thing or what, but he just seems kind of flat lately. Doesn’t seem to be involved much. The one good shot he had was beautiful, but it took an unfortunate bounce into an offside Corey Baird and amounted to nothing.

Joao Plata - $8.99

Joao had a good night. Showed that he’s still got a lot of life in him. Gave the Liga MX side a couple chances to kick at the tires.

Corey Baird - 4

Honestly, I forgot Corey was on the field, which is exactly what I don’t want from a center forward. I don’t know if it was on purpose or not, but it can be argued that he cost the team the tying goal.

Substitutes

Kyle Beckerman - 6.5

Kyle came in at the half and immediately made an impact, holding the ball up and putting it into a dangerous place.

“Bofo” Saucedo - 6

Bofo attempted one of his long shots and it was close to on frame. He also drew a foul. Otherwise, the little bit of time he was on the field didn’t have a ton of impact.

Tate Schmitt - 6

Tate saw some minutes on the first team, but that was about it as far as I could see. Granted, I was pretty wrapped up in the Brooks Lennon red-card.

Others

Tigres Supporters/MLS - 0

There exists scenarios in the league where you can get banned from matches for saying something negative about MLS on Twitter. However, they didn’t seem to have presence of mind to do anything about the “p” word chant being hurled at Nick Rimando all night. Maybe they should consider re-establishing that “line” they were so proud of in 2017 instead of coming up with new Wednesday night tournaments?

Rio Tinto Cat - 10

Just don’t let the grounds crew catch you. (On the real, I hope the cat is okay.)

Mike Petke - 0

I come from a family of construction workers and truckers and there are words he said to the referee that would probably make the heartiest of uncles blush a bit. The worst part is that it’s not even clear what he was so fired up about. I love the passion, but it seems like kind of a moot point.