LOS ANGELES — On Saturday evening, Real Salt Lake took on LAFC in Los Angeles. The match looked promising for RSL when Damir Kreilach scored a 35th-minute penalty kick. But LAFC got scoring from Diego Rossi in the 40th minute and Walker Zimmerman in stoppage time at the 90th minute. In the end, Real lost to LAFC 2-1.
Nick Rimando (6) - Rimando had five magnificent saves, and none were bigger than his 29th-minute save near post. It was a shame the Zimmerman goal froze him completely as it whizzed by.
Donny Toia (7) - There were a lot of new faces on the pitch for the Claret and Cobalt, and Donny Toia was one of them. His three clearances away from danger were important, but his clearance in the 40th minute didn't move LAFC's attacking third enough away and Rossi took advantage.
Erik Holt (6) - Playing centerback in the place of Marcelo Silva, Holt played quality minutes for Coach Petke. He looked comfortable in the backline, but couldn't get his foot on Zimmerman's goal in the final minutes of the match.
Nedum Onuoha (5.5) - It seems like Onuoha is a mainstay for Real moving forward. Unfortunately, Onuoha was one of the weakest backline players on the evening, as attacking LAFC players seemed to weave their way around him. But Onuoha's poor play may have something to do with a revolving door of centerbacks next to him.
Aaron Herrera (6) - Herrera couldn't get back to Rossi as Toia tried to clear the ball. He was hoping for an offsides, but being out of place didn't help the situation.
Sebastian Saucedo (6) - Bofo looked like he had a sure goal in the 50th minute, but he was offsides. Real really needs the American midfielder's aggression on the pitch, like he showed against LAFC.
Damir Kreilach (7.5) - With Albert Rusnák gone, playing for his home Slovakia national team, Kreilach struck a penalty kick right in the back on the net. His pace was quality all night.
Kyle Beckerman (6) - Beckerman took up the center midfielder place in the 4-5-1 formation. He held his ground and even mixed it up for a 55th-minute yellow card.
Everton Luiz (6.5) - Each and every match, Everton continues to show confidence on the pitch. With no goals or assists on the season yet, Everton will start to get more involved on the stat sheet moving forward.
Brooks Lennon (6) - Coach Petke had Lennon moving up and down the right wing all evening long. Unfortunately nothing really materialized for the American.Comment on this story
Tate Schmitt (5.5) - Schmitt started the LAFC match and experienced his first professional time. All in all, there wasn't much good or much bad about his performance. He kind of blended into the pitch.
Justin Portillo (N/A) - It was sickening that Portillo was given a red for extending his elbow too high to an LAFC player's face, but it was enough for Real to go down a player for the last minutes of the second half.
Nick Besler (5.5) - In the 68th minute, Besler entered the match for Sebastian Saucedo. This allowed for more defensive pressure to tighten up against LAFC.
Luis Arriaga (N/A) - Arriaga took the place of Donny Toia in the 90th minute.