SALT LAKE CITY — Real Salt Lake took the pitch against the Los Angeles Galaxy Sunday looking for three points, which have been hard to come by on the road this season. Carlos Antuna scored in the 16th minute for the Galaxy, a possession which involved a crisp counterattack. In the second half, Real tied the match up with a Donny Toia goal that ricocheted back to him off Galaxy goalkeeper David Bingham. In the end, the Galaxy got the last laugh with a mammoth left-footed strike from Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the 78th minute. With chances as the match ran to a close, Real Salt Lake didn't get the result it wanted, losing 2-1.
Andrew Putna (5.5) — It is hard to fault Putna for the two goals that got past him. Both Galaxy scores involved poor backline communication. Putna did have four saves, keeping Real out of further danger.
Donny Toia (6.5) — Toia really was in the right place at the right time. The block from the Galaxy's keeper came right to him for an open net score. His goal made up for a blunder when the Galaxy got behind him, which resulted in a 16th minute LA goal.
Nedum Onuoha (5.5) — Onuoha got lost when Ibrahimovic scored LA's winning goal. Ibrahimovic made sure to communicate his error right after.
Justen Glad (6) — Glad could have helped mark Ibrahimovic better, but he had talented Chris Pontius lurking nearby. The center back's mistake was costly, even in a match where he led the team with two clean tackles.
Aaron Herrera (6) — In the 16th minute, first Toia got beat, then Herrera's man, Carlos Antuna, had the easiest goal of the match. From an attacking standpoint, the wing got up the pitch and had two lovely goal scoring opportunities.
Damir Kreilach (7) — Kreilach's 55th minute laser hit off the crossbar, almost giving Real its first goal of the match. As the most consistent Real player, Kreilach got off seven shots and created a chance as well.
Kyle Beckerman (6) — Beckerman led the team with two clean tackles as well, and stayed out of the books. Unfortunately, the midfield struggled maintaining possession, and only held it 46 percent of the time.
Corey Baird (6.5) — It was surprising that Baird had the least touches of an attacking third player. The challenge all night was getting him the ball on the left side of the pitch. Baird did have a great pass to Kreilach that was inches away from scoring.
Albert Rusnák (6.5) — The formula to this point has been if Rusnák scores, Real at least ties. Real has not won a game this season with a scoreless Rusnák on the field. Even though Rusnák created four chances for others, nothing materialized.
Jefferson Savarino (6) — The skill is there for Savarino; it's just the consistency he can't find. He accounted for three shots, but no results.Comment on this story
Sam Johnson (5) — Johnson didn't miss a pass to teammates during the match, but he also didn't account for much of a scoring threat. The Johnson #9 experiment was a letdown after he had back-to-back matches with a goal.
Sebastian Saucedo (6) — Bofo came into the match for Sam Johnson in the 71st minute. With three total shots, Bofo was assertive from the get-go.
Joao Plata (N/A) — In the 84th minute, Plata subbed in for Donny Toia.
Brooks Lennon (N/A) — Lennon enter in the 90th minute for Damir Kreilach.