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Player Ratings: RSL 1-1 New York Red Bulls

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RSL’s attack was in full force even if it did only come away with one goal.

MLS: New York Red Bulls at Real Salt Lake Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Zac MacMath - 5.5 MacMath had one true save and let one get past him on what was a pretty difficult shot to stop. It should not have been such a clear shot to begin with, so it’s pretty hard to pin it on MacMath.

Aaron Herrera - 6.5 Herrera had another really good game. He was aggressive on defense and provided the game-tying assist finding an unmarked Kreilach in the box.

Nedum Onuoha - 6 Nedum was in the mix a couple times in the attack and was really unlucky not to score. His defense was there all game and he was threatening on the opposite end as well.

Marcelo Silva - 6 I don’t think anyone won more aerial battles than Silva did in this one. He was fighting for every ball and showed some real desire to win.

Donny Toia - 5.5 Toia had one or two questionable passes, but was otherwise a solid defender on the day.

Everton Luiz - 7 It was nice to get Luiz back from serving a one-game suspension from the Playoffs. He was, once again, a machine that never ran out of gas. He won a lot of balls for RSL, setting them up for more attacking chances. He also pushed the ball up the field on his own when needed. A really solid performance.

Nick Besler - 3 Besler was a bit out of his element in this one. He had a very poor clearance pass setting up the opposition, got megged, and lost his mark on the sole goal for New York.

Albert Rusnak - 6 Rusnak captained the squad and had some really good movement and runs into space. Even though the connections were not always happening, the ideas were there.

Damir Kreilach - 7 Kreilach was RSL’s most dangerous attacker with three shots on goal and the game-tying goal in stoppage time.

Corey Baird - 6 Baird had a couple of runs up the field where he held on the ball a little too long rather than picking up his head to see who was with him, but he also nearly had two assists. All in all, a good game.

Justin Meram - 6.5 Meram was just fun to watch. He put defenders on their heels repeatedly and was involved in most of RSL’s scoring chances.

Substitutes

Douglas Martinez - 6 Martinez added an extra element of creativity to RSL’s offense and was extremely unlucky not to come away with a goal that went off his head, his arm, and subsequently into the goal. Rules are rules.

Jeizon Ramirez - N/A