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Player Ratings: RSL 1-2 Vancouver

A few individual mistakes did RSL in.

MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Real Salt Lake Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Putna - 5 Putna was decent on the night, but we need him to come through with a game-changing play now and again.

Marcelo Silva - 3 One could argue, and I do, that Silva was directly responsible for both Vancouver goals. He lost the runner on the first, and was on the wrong side of the player on the second. It looked like he lacked the competitive fire against Vancouver.

Nedum Onuoha - 6 Nedum was unbelievable, particularly in the first half. He had some individual timely stops that kept RSL in the game. Unfortunately, he tried to dribble out from the back and lost the ball which then gave Vancouver one of their few chances to score.

Donny Toia - 5 Donny was in the mix on a couple of attacks and dug in on defense to make some smart tactical fouls, but also had some badly misplaced service.

Aaron Herrera - 6 Herrera showed some real skill on a few occasions to get out of trouble. He showed us some quick footwork that we don’t see from him very often, apparently because he’s not in that situation much.

Pablo Ruiz - 6.5 Ruiz was a consistent threat with his left foot from the top of the box. Let’s be clear though, those shots are not going to find the back of the net very often. What was more impressive was his defensive work rate.

Kyle Beckerman - 4 You could make the argument that Beckerman was hard done by the yellow cards he received, but playing with fire has become a bit of a theme for him this season.

Albert Rusnak - 5.5 Rusnak had some good moments in which he showed bursts of vision and speed, but lacked the final creative idea or finishing touch.

Maikel Chang - 6.5 Chang’s ability to make a pass go exactly where he wants it to is pretty incredible. He found Justin Meram on the game-tying goal and gave other players some good looks as well.

Justin Meram - 7 Meram had the lone RSL goal and it was a nice finish on his part. He was RSL’s creative engine in this one.

Damir Kreilach - 5.5 Damir had a couple chances with the ball in the area but did not have his usual deadly finishing ability against Vancouver.


Corey Baird - 5 Baird did not have a ton of time to work with, but he had enough minutes to make something happen. We needed to see a bit more from him.

Jeizon Ramirez - N/A

Chris Garcia - N/A