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September 4, 2010 9:00 PM EDT
Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah
Referee:‬ Ricardo Salazar‎
 
   
 
 

MLS Player Ratings: Real Salt Lake 1-0 New York Red Bulls

By Avery Raimondo

  • Nick Rimando
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    Nick Rimando

    The diminutive Rimando once again showed his great stop-stopping ability as he denied Angel multiple times.

  • Chris Wingert
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    Chris Wingert

    Wingert didn’t push up the flanks often, but he completely shut down Kandji on his side of the pitch. The tough defender slowed down the Red Bulls anytime they came his way.

  • Andy Williams
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    Andy Williams

    The Jamaican’s skill troubled New York as he drew fouls and gained freekicks for RSL. Defensively, Williams guarding the backpost saved a goal-bound header by Angel.

  • Fabian Espindola
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    Fabian Espindola

    The striker had to come off early in the second half, by that time though he had made his one key contribution to the victory. He shrugged off Ream and finished easily to score the early winner.

  • Nat Borchers
    4
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    Nat Borchers

    The centerback put in another consistent and under-appreciated night; he quieted both Henry and Angel and cleaned up whenever Olave made a mistake.

  • Jamison Olave
    1
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    Jamison Olave

    The Colombian recovered well when his midfield erred, but Olave’s night wasn’t unblemished. He committed some needless fouls and was almost punished when Borman slipped past him after he didn’t shield properly.

  • Robbie Russell
    2
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    Robbie Russell

    Russell hampered Lindpere or whoever drifted into his area. That being said, most of the Red Bull chances were derived from their left side.

  • Kyle Beckerman
    5
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    Kyle Beckerman

    Beckerman’s ridiculous swerving chip was what sprung Espindola through for his easy goal. The American also swept up in front of his back four, limiting any entry passes by the Red Bulls.

  • Javier Morales
    7
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    Javier Morales Top of the Match

    Nearly all of RSL’s attack came through the feet of the Argentinean playmaker. Through both crosses and runs, Morales was a threat to the New York backline.

  • Ned Grabavoy
    3
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    Ned Grabavoy

    The midfielder had a typical inconspicuous shift, helping out the backline and placing Morales and other attackers in dangerous positions.

  • Robbie Findley
    1
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    Robbie Findley

    Findley used his pace to get behind New York, but he wasn’t able to convert two golden chances that would have iced the match for Salt Lake.

Substitutions

  • Nelson Gonzalez
    4
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    Nelson Gonzalez

    Another Argentinean on RSL that looked dangerous as he dribbled at the Red Bulls and looked for his team’s second goal.

  • Pablo Campos
    1
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    Pablo Campos

    Espindola’s replacement pressured New York, but didn’t have the same energy as the man he came on for.

  • Greg Sutton
    3
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    Greg Sutton

    The Canadian, in only his second league appearance this year, filled in admirably for Bouna Coundoul, who is away on international duty. He wasn’t able to stop the night’s only goal, but he made some fantastic saves otherwise.

  • Danleigh Borman
    1
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    Danleigh Borman

    The leftback rarely pushed forward and, when he did, his decision-making was often questionable. One hustle play when he saved a ball that Olave was ushering out led to arguably Red Bulls’ best chance of the night.

  • Tim Ream
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    Tim Ream

    Ream should be relieved that he’s leaving Sandy, Utah after one of his worst nights as a Red Bull. The rookie was left by Espindola on the goal and didn’t exude the trademark composure seen in most matches.

  • Carlos Mendes
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    Carlos Mendes

    Although the centerback didn’t have the same problems as his partner, he certainly didn’t perform at his usual level. The pair struggled with the pace of the forwards and the lack of protection from the midfield.

  • Chris Albright
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    Chris Albright

    Albright added very little to the attack; he didn’t serve any dangerous crosses or link well with Macoumba Kandji in front of him.

  • Joel Lindpere
    2
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    Joel Lindpere

    Any chances generated by the Red Bulls tended to come from the side of the Estonian, who rejected a callup from his national team to be in Utah. Like most of his teammates, Lindpere didn’t exert the same influence as he had in previous matches.

  • Seth Stammler
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    Seth Stammler

    Rafa Maquez, the player who Stammler was directly replacing in Hans Backe’s lineup, was noticeably absent. The Red Bulls needed the Mexican’s presence at such a difficult ground and Stammler didn’t provide the same high quality passes.

  • Tony Tchani
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    3
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    Tony Tchani

    After some great performances, the Cameroonian looked like the player who struggled during the beginning of the year. Tchani was invisible for a majority of the night.

  • Macoumba Kandji
    6
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    Macoumba Kandji Flop of the Match

    Kandji had an opportunity to reassert a claim on a starting spot in New York’s starting eleven, but the attacker was a tremendous disappointment. He gave the ball away easily and seemed largely disinterested during the pivotal match.

  • Thierry Henry
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    Thierry Henry

    After scoring his first MLS goal last weekend, Henry had his quietest match as a Red Bull. The striker could rarely find the ball and never accelerated at RSL’s backline.

  • Juan Pablo Angel
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    Juan Pablo Angel

    If a goal was going to come for the Red Bulls, Angel was the only player who seem capable of equalizing. Besides for his few opportunities, the forward rarely linked with the rest of his team.

Substitutions

  • Sinisa Ubiparipovic
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    Sinisa Ubiparipovic

    Ubi, substituted in for Kandji, had a similar (lack of) influence on the match as his predecessor.

  • Ibrahim Salou
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    Ibrahim Salou

    The gigantic striker barely had a touch during his cameo appearance.

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