Javier Morales (MID) Morales is officially back. Game speed back to normal? Check. Crafty as ever? Yep. Sending 60-yard crosses on a dime? You better believe it. Morales was Real's only real threat much of the night. His free kicks, crosses and runs into the box all kept the crowd wondering when a goal might come. GRADE: A, MAN OF THE MATCH
Luis Guil (MID) Gil knocked on the door several times during the first half of Saturday's match, his best coming in the 17th minute when Joao Plata won a gritty ball at the top of the 18-yard box and found Gil alone at the left angle of the box, where he skied the shot. Gil played one of his better games of the season, leaving a lot on the field before being subbed off in place of Sebastian Velasquez in the 73rd minute. GRADE: A-
Joao Plata (FWD) Plata, in for an injured Alvaro Saborio, nearly drew blood in return for L.A.'s fifth-minute goal with a rocket floating up and away from Rowe, who miraculously got a hand on it to push it over the crossbar. Plata was tough on L.A. all night, but his size became too much of a liability in the second half and Kreis subbed on the larger Devin Sandoval to replace him in the 63rd minute. GRADE: B+
Olmes Garcia (FWD) Garcia needs a higher crossbar! The striker started his RSL career by pinging the crossbar on his first touch. On Saturday he found the crossbar yet again — for the fourth time in three games. Garcia's speed was on display all night as he flat-out torched L.A.'s backline to track down several through balls into L.A.'s final third. Some turned into very good crosses, but most of the time the RSL attack was just a step slow getting into position to take advantage of his work. GRADE: A
Devin Sandoval (FWD, SUB 63') Sandoval came on in place of Plata in the 63rd minute to give the Claret and Cobalt more size and strength along the forward line. Sandoval struggled with his hold-up play given L.A.'s packed third of the field. He turned into a target forward late in the game, but though Morales, Velasquez and others were able to send balls his way, he was never able to quite get to any of them and ended up without a shot on goal. GRADE: B
Sebastian Velasquez (MID, SUB 73') Velasquez provided an immediate spark the moment he came on to the field in place of a winded Gil. Almost immediately he beat his defender to the endline and turned a perfect cross to the mouth of the goal. However, no RSL players were in position to take advantage — a theme for Saturday night's game. GRADE: A
Yordany Alvarez (DEF, SUB 63') Alvarez was brought on with 30 minutes left to play in place of Palmer. Kreis put everything out there by shifting to a 3-5-2 formation. Alvarez pushed forward and played to the left of Beckerman. While his positioning was solid and his passes, when he got around to making them, were on target, his speed of play was far slower than RSL needed. Many times he would get caught just above the 18-yard box without any idea where to play the ball for momentum, keeping RSL from maximizing its chances in L.A.'s final third. GRADE: B-
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