Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Real Salt Lake drew 1-1 with Mexican side Club Tijuana in an international friendly. The impact-makers in the match were young, with Luis Gil providing a creative spark and Justen Glad providing defensive stability.
Ratings are 1-10 and represent a general sense of each player's performance.
Jeff Attinella, 6.5, was good but didn’t really have a whole lot to do on the day. He played only a half and didn’t do much wrong.
Tony Beltran, 6.5, played in just the first half and fared just fine.
Justen Glad, 8.5, was one of the highlights of the night. Only 17 years old, the defender was good in the middle and good at right back after switching positions at the half. To do so seamlessly and to perform at a high level over 90 minutes speaks volumes of the teenager.
Aaron Maund, 7, was good, if not spectacular, in his 45-minute appearance, and he never really looked like picking up a red card, which was a relief, to be sure.
Chris Wingert, 6.5, was in much the same boat as Beltran: Good, not great, and only 45 minutes played. For both, the more important game comes Saturday against Seattle Sounders.
John Stertzer, 7.5, played at the base of the diamond and did well throughout — until he suffered a tibia fracture late in the second half that could see him out with injury for several months.
Luke Mulholland, 7, showed some signs of creativity in his 45 minutes, playing the outside of the diamond well and nearly curling a free kick over the wall and into the side of the net.
Sebastian Velasquez, 6.5, played reasonably well in an outside-of-the-diamond spot, with most of his impact coming from smart connective play.
Luis Gil, 8.5, was creative in his attack, dedicated in his defense and a real standout player from start to finish. His play in the most attacking midfield role — Javier Morales’ spot at the top — saw the best in that regard, but the story from the match is more about the brilliant goal he scored from the edge of the box with a real show of skill.
Robbie Findley, 7, did well enough in 70 minutes, but he and the other forwards found spacing a tough proposition. With Xolos playing three defenders, the channels that usually see the most space for Real Salt Lake forwards were occupied, which made it difficult for each of the forwards.
Devon Sandoval, 6.5, put in a great shift and had a few moments of attacking prowess, but he didn’t find too much joy.
Lalo Fernandez, 6.5, was in much the same boat as Attinella in the first half. He did well with most of what was asked of him, which is the most you can expect out of a third-string goalkeeper. He couldn’t get a hand on a fantastic (but poorly defended) shot from Tijuana, which is the only real knock against him.
Carlos Salcedo, 7.5, did well as a central defender and mopped up well as a defensive midfielder. His versatility is increasingly valuable.
Abdoulie Mansally, 7.5, put in a good shift on the left side and sent in a fantastic pass to Gil for his goal. The recklessness that has sometimes plagued his game was absent, indicating a growing strength as a defender.
Olmes Garcia, 7, struggled in the same way as Findley but did find some success out wide on occasion. With a three-man forward line, his movement didn’t run the gamut in the way it often does when he’s one of two strikers, but his defensive effort was exactly what was needed from a player in that spot.
Joao Plata, 6.5, played well enough in his 20 minutes but never really got going, which is well enough — there’s an important match on Saturday and he surely wanted to stay fit for that.
Chris Schuler, n/a, wasn’t on long enough to garner a rating — fewer than 10 minutes.
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