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Real Salt Lake

Nick Rimando: Made a ridiculous robbery of Nane early in the first to preserve his side’s 1-0 lead, but wasn’t at all troubled for most of the match. He was unable to save Dwayne De Rosario’s PK, but was there when called upon for the most part, which didn’t happen all that often. 7

Robbie Russell: Completely comfortable, there was nothing memorable about Russell’s performance, but the former Champions League participant with Rosenborg did his part for the RSL defense. 7

Jamison Olave: Seemed to have been knocked silly early on after a collision with Adrian Cann, but quickly recovered and did well to meet the corner and head in Real’s opening goal. Olave was industrious all evening and highly influential. Man of the match. 9

Nat Borchers: Borchers had little problem in handling what was a paltry Reds attack for the majority of the match. He did his job. 6.5

Tony Beltran: Much like Borchers, Beltran had a relatively easy evening. The old adage is that when a defender is invisible it means that he’s doing his job and there certainly was truth in that tonight for Beltran. Getting the assist on the Williams goal, it was a solid 90 from the UCLA grad. 7

Collen Warner: Effective at the heart of the RSL midfield, the rookie acquitted himself nicely in dealing with the lacklustre Toronto attack, while playing as a key cog in Real’s drives forward. An understated, but useful performance from Warner who almost got his first goal. 7

Andy Williams:
Was a handful all night for the TFC defence and completely undressed Nana Attakora on his beautiful strike from just inside the box. This was a great performance from the Toronto native. 8

Kyle Beckerman: Efficient, if unspectacular, the US international was one of the main components of RSL’s smothering midfield dominance in the 1st-half, which carried over through most of the 2nd. That being said, it was his handball that resulted in DeRo’s spot kick. 7

Will Johnson
: Lively all night, the Canadian international created havoc for the TFC defence through a series of inviting crosses and well-taken corners, one of which found Olave for RSL’s opener. Canada manager Stephen Hart must have been impressed. 8  

Robbie Findley: It was clear that Findley would have liked to have done more tonight, but he had a fine showing in his return to full health. While he didn’t have the impact that the rest of the Real attack did, he provided some much needed energy and showed Jason Kreis that he’s back and ready go. 7
Alvaro Saborio: Ambitious, Saborio didn’t have the same authority that his attacking mates did, but was a nuisance to the TFC defence when called upon. There was nothing to complain about here. 6.5


Chris Wingert: N/A

Nelson Gonzalez: N/A

Jean Alexandre: N/A

Toronto FC

Stefan Frei: Might have been slightly culpable on Olave’s goal in coming out to attempt to punch away Johnson’s corner, but had no chance on Williams’ strike. Frei made a couple of solid saves to keep TFC in range, as his defenders were under siege all evening. 7

Nana Attakora: Along with his partner, Cann, Attakora was forced to make clearance after clearance and was kept busy all night by the consistent RSL drives forward. Although acquitting himself well on the whole, Attakora was completely turned inside out by Andy Williams on his 42nd-minute strike. 6

Adrian Cann: Much like Attakora, Cann didn’t get a moment’s rest with Real assailing TFC in waves. He did well to handle the bombardment, but was beaten on a couple of occasions. 7  

Maksim Usanov
: Run ragged like the rest of his mates on the backline, Usanov played a rather unglamorous 90 minutes, but didn’t make any glaring errors. It was a competent 90 from the Russian. 6.5

Raivis Hscanovics:
The Latvian could have done better in attempting to clear Johnson’s 1st-half corner that resulted in Olave’s opener, when he impeded Frei. Replaced at the half, Hscanovics has looked better this year than he did tonight. 6

Amadou Sanyang: Sanyang was overmatched in his sole half on the field and was more of a spectator than a participant. Sanyang was simply unable to do much against a more than capable RSL midfield. 5

Dan Gargan:
Part of a shell-shocked TFC midfield in the 1st, Gargan dropped back into defense when Preki brought in his attacking troops in the 2nd. Workmanlike, Gargan had his hands full, but did his best in dealing with the onslaught. 6.5

Nane Joseph: Nane came close to his first MLS goal in the 1st off a lovely header, but was stopped by Rimando. Having only played the 1st-half, at the very least, Nane made a case for further inclusion in Preki’s starting XI. 7  

Martin Saric: The Argentine failed to find any purchase in the midfield battle with Beckerman and was a complete non-factor for the vast majority of the match. This was a rather anonymous performance for the MLS rookie. 5   

Nick Labrocca: One of the few TFC players to attempt any headway in Preki’s defensive 1st-half set-up, but his jaunts forward didn’t result in anything concrete, aside from a nicely timed cross that found Nane. Labrocca was effectively neutralized, but not from a lack of trying. 6  

Chad Barrett: Barrett was completely isolated as the lone man up front in the 1st-half and was unable to really make any kind of impact in the 2nd when re-enforcements arrived. To no fault of his own, Barrett wasn’t much of a factor. 5


O’Brian White: White used his height to meet a DeRo cross that beat Rimando, but he found woodwork. The ex-UCONN man was pacy, but failed to make any real impression. 6

Dwayne De Rosario: The captain scored his 6th goal in 6 games from the spot, but didn’t have nearly the level of influence that has become expected from De Rosario in his sole half. Needless to say, it’s unlikely that he’ll feature in such a limited role again this season barring injury. 7

Julian de Guzman: Part of Preki’s infusion of offense in the 2nd-half, de Guzman was unable to make any kind of impact in a match that was very much already won by the champs, even with the late marker. 6.5

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