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November 10, 2013 9:00 PM EST
Rio Tinto Stadium — Sandy, Utah
Referee:‬ A. Villarreal‎
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Player Ratings: Real Salt Lake 4-2 Portland Timbers

Goal rates the players who took part as RSL made a big statement in the first leg of the Western Conference final.

By Keith Hickey

  • Nick Rimando
    3
    0
    3.00

    Nick Rimando

    Was caught wrong-footed on Johnson's free kick opener, but recovered to make some good saves. The Timbers' second was a great goal just beyond his ability to stop.

  • Tony Beltran
    2
    0
    3.00

    Tony Beltran

    Covered a lot of ground up and down the right, did good defensive work, and was involved in the RSL passing game. His width allowed Gil to roam.

  • Nat Borchers
    2
    0
    2.50

    Nat Borchers

    His offensive skill set needs some polishing, but his defensive work was mostly fine until he was beaten in the air for Portland's late goal.

  • Chris Wingert
    0
    0
    2.00

    Chris Wingert

    Committed the foul which Will Johnson turned into the game's first goal, and had to go off in the first half after picking up a broken rib. A game he won't want to remember.

  • Chris Schuler
    6
    0
    3.50

    Chris Schuler

    An absolute force in the air. Scored a huge goal for the second straight game, a powerful jump and a powerful header.

  • Kyle Beckerman
    4
    2
    3.50

    Kyle Beckerman

    Was called upon to play a more all-action role than he's used to, and performed admirably, trying forward passes and moving the ball around in addition to his good defensive work.

  • Javier Morales
    7
    0
    4.50

    Javier Morales

    A goal and two assists as he ran the game from the midfield. He was the lynchpin as RSL recovered from a slow start, established possession, moved the ball around, probed and and came back to score four goals.

  • Luis Gil
    6
    0
    3.00

    Luis Gil

    Some great direct play, willing to take shots and able to put them on goal. Would have headed one in if not for Ricketts coming up with the best save of the match.

  • Juan Sebastián Velásquez
    5
    0
    3.00

    Juan Sebastián Velásquez

    Provided a sure-footed passing outlet on the left-hand side, and even if his attempts to force the issue weren't always successful, was a threat that Portland had to contend with.

  • Robbie Findley
    7
    0
    4.50

    Robbie Findley

    Great work to chase down Danso and win the ball, capped by a nice finish to put RSL ahead, then laid off to Sandoval for the third.

  • Devon Sandoval
    6
    0
    4.00

    Devon Sandoval

    Brought industry and a physical presence to the RSL attack and was rewarded with a goal early in the second half.

Substitutions

  • Lovel Palmer
    3
    0
    3.00

    Lovel Palmer

    Pressed into service when Wingert went down injured and did a fine job under the circumstances.

  • Ned Grabavoy
    0
    0

    Ned Grabavoy

    Came on right at the end to replace Morales.

  • Joao Plata
    3
    0
    3.50

    Joao Plata

    Brought on as a sub, assisted the fourth RSL goal with a good corner kick delivery.

  • Donovan Ricketts
    1
    0
    2.00

    Donovan Ricketts

    Was hung out to try by his defense on the first three goals but really should have done better on the fourth. Some vital saves as his team tried desperately to get back into the game.

  • Michael Harrington
    2
    0
    2.50

    Michael Harrington

    Was more than happy to bomb forward and get involved in the attack, but left a lot of space for RSL to exploit at times.

  • Pa-Modou Kah
    1
    0
    2.50

    Pa-Modou Kah

    A much better showing than his deeper-lying defensive partner, but wasn't able to stop that RSL onslaught.

  • Mamadou Danso
    2
    0
    1.00

    Mamadou Danso

    An absolute nightmare for the Gambian defender. Failed to challenge Schuler as the RSL man equalized on a corner kick and coughed up the ball in a terrible place to Findley for the second.

  • Will Johnson
    2
    1
    3.00

    Will Johnson

    Put his team up with a knuckling free kick that fooled Rimando and was easily Portland's best player on a rough night.

  • Diego Valeri
    1
    0
    2.50

    Diego Valeri

    Had an absolutely vital clearance on the line, which unfortunately for him, was probably his best contribution. Taken off early in the second half. Hugely disappointing by his usual standards.

  • Jack Jewsbury
    1
    1
    1.50

    Jack Jewsbury

    Had real trouble whenever he was matched up with Sandoval, and was left grasping as the rookie scored his team's third goal.

  • Diego Ferney Chará
    1
    0
    2.50

    Diego Ferney Chará

    Was given the thankless job of trying to shut down the RSL midfield on a night the Royals really rallied around Morales. Despite his endeavors and some good defensive work, obviously lost that battle.

  • Darlington Nagbe
    2
    0
    2.00

    Darlington Nagbe

    Choked by his team's inability to either assert itself on the game or soak up pressure and counter, but he was still able to try and make things happen on occasion.

  • Rodney Wallace
    2
    0
    2.00

    Rodney Wallace

    Committed a few fouls in his 75 minutes, but hardly anything of note in a Timbers attack deprived of fluency.

  • Ryan Johnson
    1
    0
    1.50

    Ryan Johnson

    Spent an utterly anonymous hour on the field.

Substitutions

  • Kalif Alhassan
    1
    0
    2.00

    Kalif Alhassan

    Another foward-looking player thrown on by Caleb Porter who failed to make any impact.

  • Frédéric Piquionne
    1
    3
    3.50

    Frédéric Piquionne

    His cameo handed Portland a lifeline with a late goal thanks to a fantastic headed ball.

  • A. Valencia
    1
    0
    2.00

    A. Valencia

    Came on as a sub but faced the same problems as Portland's other attacking players.

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