FRISCO, Texas — Real Salt Lake struggled with very few standout moments in a 2-1 loss to FC Dallas Friday night.
Ratings are from 1-10 and represent a general sense of each player's performance.
Nick Rimando, 6, could have done better on Fabian Castillo's goal to put FC Dallas up 2-0, but he did well in a tough one-on-one situation late to keep the match alive.
Tony Beltran, 6, did well to get up and down the right side and didn't play much of a part in either Dallas goal.
Chris Schuler, 6, did well in tight spots at times and played a surprisingly connective role. His involvement with Blas Perez's sending off after shoving the Panamanian was dangerous, leaving him on a yellow and adding some controversy to the match.
Nat Borchers, 5.5, didn't mark well on the first FC Dallas goal and could've pushed Fabian Castillo wide for the second, but he managed well defending against players considerably faster than his aging legs make him.
Chris Wingert, 5.5, wasn't awful and wasn't particularly good. This doesn't really separate him from the rest of the pack, but his substitution before the second goal does. Could he have made a difference? It's difficult to say.
Kyle Beckerman, 6.5, distributed well and broke up play well. In terms of doing his job, he tops Real Salt Lake's list. If he could only get his shots from distance on target with more regularity, he'd be one of the most dangerous midfielders in the league on both sides of the ball.
Ned Grabavoy, 6, connected play on the left side but didn't find himself at the center of many chances.
Luke Mulholland, 5, had a rough go at things with a number of wayward passes in the attack, but he also created a couple reasonable chances for the team.
Luis Gil, 5.5, struggled to create chances like he did against Seattle last weekend. That had much to do with the compact qualities of the FC Dallas defense. His connective qualities were helpful, but at the top of the midfield — the most necessarily creative position the team carries — he needed to take his play further forward.
Joao Plata, 5, was not particularly effective, and that didn't help the team's play overall. He's become the player Real Salt Lake depends on for goal scoring, and that burden can't be carried by one single player.
Robbie Findley, 4.5, didn't have the game of his life, but playing through the middle against a team devoting all of its resources to the defensive third is a situation he will always struggle in.
Olmes Garcia, 7, scored a fantastic late goal, but his involvement otherwise was limited. His bicycle kick may have been deflected slightly, but the awareness to be in that position and ability to send that strike on frame lended a bit of hope to an otherwise dreary evening.
Sebastian Velasquez, 6, gets a slight up-tick for sending in the cross for Garcia's goal and for keeping play in the opposition half, but his dribbling at times delayed the game.
Devon Sandoval, 5, came on and didn't have much time to impact the flow of the game.
Matt Montgomery is the managing editor of RSL Soapbox. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.