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Player Ratings: RSL 2-1 Portland

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RSL played tense, but they got the job done.

Lucas Muller | RSL Soapbox

Andrew Putna- 5.5 Putna was not truly tested until roughly the final 15 minutes of the match and erred on the side of caution.

Donny Toia - 5.5 Toia played smart and did not allow much to come through his side.

Nedum Onuoha - 6 Nedum was the security blanket in the back providing a calming presence for RSL when things got a bit nervy.

Marcelo Silva - 5.5 Silva made a really aggressive tackle early in the first half earning a yellow card. He had to play a bit more cautious after that, but did what he needed to do until he was subbed off.

Aaron Herrera - 7 As is expected these days, Herrera had an exceptional game and was one of the better players on the field. He created as many chances as anyone in this game and was critical to RSL earning the three points.

Pablo Ruiz - 6.5 Pablo was a strong presence in the midfield. He found the right passes and was unrelenting in defense. He earned an assist finding Kreilach on a corner kick who converted on the volley.

Nick Besler - 6 Besler got the start and played his role as expected with some smart midfield play and ability to break up some counters.

Damir Kreilach - 6.5 Damir made his patented secondary runs and was in a lot of dangerous positions to score. He probably could have done a little better with a couple shots, but did get a nice volley insurance goal.

Corey Baird - 6 Overall, Baird had a nice game. He created some great looks for other players even if they weren’t able to convert on them.

Maikel Chang - 5.5 Chang did not have quite the impact on offense that we are used to, but he got the ball into a few dangerous areas.

Douglas Martinez Jr. - 6 Douglas got his first MLS goal against Portland by being in the right place after a deflection from the Timbers keeper. Good on him. Here’s hoping it leads to more.

Substitutes

Justin Meram - 5 Meram was the first sub off the bench and outside of a skill check or two was not overly impactful.

Justen Glad - 6 Glad helped secure the back line coming on as a substitute which is not as easy as it sounds. He won nearly all of his aerial battles.

Justin Portillo - N/A

Tate Schmitt - N/A

Kyle Beckerman - N/A