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Player Ratings: Sporting KC 1-2 RSL

A big road win for RSL started on defense.

MLS: New York City FC at Real Salt Lake Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Rimando - 6 Rimando made a couple of saves, neither too difficult. But he did potentially intimidate Gutierrez on the penalty take forcing a miss.

Aaron Herrera - 7 Herrera made some really timely and well executed tackles. He sensed when Kansas City’s eyes got big and put an end to it quick. He was on his toes all game long.

Marcelo Silva - 6.5 Silva set a tone early in the game with a couple of tough tackles and never let down the rest of the night.

Justen Glad - 6 Justen won the one on one battle with Hurtado and did not let him get a sniff on goal. He was clearly frustrated with Glad.

Donny Toia - 5 Toia had a decent game but Russell got past him a couple times and Toia was forced to make some tough decisions. One of which led to a penalty which really would have made things difficult for RSL.

Kyle Beckerman - 5.5 Beckerman was more aggressive on offense than usual trying to nick a goal. He clearly wanted this game.

Nick Besler - 5.5 Besler had big shoes to fill stepping in for Everton Luiz. He did an admirable job in the middle, but also committed a foul to give Russell his goal off of a free kick.

Albert Rusnak - 6.5 Even though he did not end up with a goal, Rusnak was dangerous all night. He gave KC fits.

Jefferson Savarino - 6 This was a more subdued game for Savarino, and he still ended up with an assist finding Baird in space.

Corey Baird - 8 Corey broke through and got two goals against RSL’s biggest rivals. It was good to see him get on the scoreboard after a bit of a slump. His second goal was especially impressive. He was able to chest down a long ball and finish it on a half volley with his left foot.

Damir Kreilach - 6 Sporting Kansas City made Kreilach a target throughout the game and Kreilach took a beating because of it. He drew a lot of attention and pushed through with very little space to work with.

Substitutes:

Sam Johnson - 5.5 Johnson returned from injury and played a key role as a sub to hold the ball in KC’s end of the field and give RSL a chance to breathe.

Nedum Onuoha - 5.5 Nedum came on when RSL was under a lot of pressure and calmly took care of business, locking down the defense.

Brooks Lennon - N/A