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Player Ratings: Colorado 1-4 RSL

Some substitutions and tactical changes made a world of difference.

MLS: Real Salt Lake at Colorado Rapids Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Putna - 5 The lone Rapids goal was not Putna’s fault in the least. Frankly, the Rapids did not test Putna much, but he made a couple of saves when the shots on goal came.

Justen Glad - 5.5 Glad went to ground a bit early in an attempt to prevent a Colorado goal, but Rubio worked his way past him and ended up getting his shot off anyway. Otherwise, he had a nice game and helped keep Colorado from threatening.

Nedum Onuoha - 6.5 It was good to have Nedum back on the field with his leadership and calm, but dominating presence. His positioning in Colorado was nearly perfect.

Donny Toia - 5.5 Toia did what he needed to do for most of the game and held things down on his side.

Aaron Herrera - 6 Herrera was once again really good on both sides of the ball and continues to get better.

Pablo Ruiz - 5.5 Ruiz made a lot of progress in Orlando and earned another start in Colorado. He showed us again that RSL can rely on him when playing a significant role.

Everton Luiz - 5.5 This was a relatively quiet game from Everton who ended up being subbed off at half, presumably for a tactical change and to save his energy for upcoming games.

Albert Rusnak - 5 Rusnak had a pretty poor first half that is hard to understand for a player with his level of skill. He was somewhat better in the second half with RSL playing the ball to him higher and through the middle, but we still need to see more from the captain.

Damir Kreilach - 6.5 Kreilach consistently shows up for RSL in big moments and this was no exception. He scored a line drive that got Salt Lake on the board and helped awaken the team.

Corey Baird - 7 For as much work as he puts in, it was great to see Baird get a goal and an assist. He played hungry and was rewarded.

Douglas Martinez - N/A


Justin Meram - 7.5 Meram was creative and served as a great play-maker picking up a goal and an assist along the way. He opened up a lot of doors for RSL’s attack.

Maikel Chang - 9 Chang came on as a halftime substitute to open up space for RSL and he took the game over. Change was in a good spot when Yarbrough pushed away a shot and scored a goal. More impressive, though, were his two assists which were deliberate and skillful. Chang changed the game for RSL and opened up a lot of eyes. He was the clear Man of the Match.