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RSL vs. San Jose: Four losers, two winners

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It was a great first half. It was a terrible second half.

MLS: San Jose Earthquakes at Real Salt Lake Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Winner: Rubio Rubin

I could say words here. Or I could just post his goal. Let’s do that.

Oh, and statistically speaking? Four key passes. He was a tremendously creative player, and he should be starting once Bobby Wood comes in — at least, as things stand now. That’ll be a tough task for Freddy Juarez.

Loser: Erik Holt

It’s hard to imagine a worse second-half performance from this side, and Erik Holt was central to that. His marking was poor, his passing was poor, and he bears a great deal of weight in the loss. It’s untenable that we have only three center backs on this roster, and as such, we will see more of Erik Holt until that’s remedied. He should be a last-ditch player, not a rotational player.

Of course, Marcelo Silva wasn’t on the bench, so presumably he sustained some sort of injury. It’s gonna be a wild one.

Loser: Justen Glad

While Justen Glad’s passing percentages were better than Holt’s (a tidy 91 percent for Glad, 73 percent for Holt), he bears as much — or more — responsibility for the collapse of the defense. He’s the old guard at this point, and he needs to be organizing things. What he did tonight was not organizing.

Loser: Albert Rusnak

17 passes attempted. Absent as RSL needed a goal. It was not good enough from the club captain, let alone the player that should be driving our attack.

Winner: Andrew Brody

Andrew Brody is not a large man, and he is not particularly musclebound. But he did well defending against San Jose in some key situations, and he provided a vital outlet in the attack throughout. Who’d have thought?

Loser: Donny Toia

He lost Chris Wondolowski on his first goal. It’s not the first time that’s happened to player, and it won’t be the last. But when that happens, you go in the losers column. Those are the rules.