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Real Salt Lake midfielder Danilo Acosta (25) is defended by San Jose Earthquakes forward Danny Hoesen (9) during the second half of an MLS soccer match Saturday, June 24, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
With the Earthquakes unbeaten in the last four matches against Real Salt Lake, the Claret and Cobalt were looking to change the tide on the road Saturday evening. In the 13th minute, San Jose’s Danny Hoesen scored on RSL and took a 1-0 lead at halftime. RSL continued to lose possession throughout the match, leading to Earthquake players countering behind the defensive line. Real got a break in the 73rd minute when Nick Lima got his second yellow card and left the match. But RSL could not find the back of the net until it was too late, with a goal by Jose Hernandez.
Nick Rimando (4.5) — Other than the 13th minute goal, Rimando did not allow anything else in the first half. His four saves kept the match close, but without RSL scoring goals, Rimando needed perfection. Perfection did not show itself in the second half, as Rimando got scored on again in the 68th minute, after he took a poor angle.
Danilo Acosta (5.5) — Acosta continues to show promise for Real, but on the road, RSL continues to struggle as a unit. There is not enough togetherness from Acosta and his defensive mates.
Aaron Maund (5) — Maund took a poor angle in the 68th minute against Marcos Urena, when he scored the second goal for San Jose. After last week’s win, Maund and the back line could not keep up their success.
Justen Glad (5.5) — Glad continues to boost RSL’s back-line play, but there is still a lot of work to do to bring continuity. He will continue to grow as the season progresses, and the team should see dividends.
Chris Wingert (6) — Wingert was the strongest defensive player on the night. His constant pressure kept the Earthquakes at bay, but his night ended early after a careless challenge by Nick Lima in the 74th minute.
Jefferson Savarino (4.5) — Too many giveaways for RSL were its demise. Savarino’s bad pass in the 68th minute led to another San Jose goal. And where did his shots go? After accounting for seven the week earlier, he only had one.
Luke Mulholland (5.5) — Without Kyle Beckerman, Mulholland needed to lead the team’s midfield play. In turn, RSL only possessed the ball 44 percent of the time, even as Mulholland connected on 83 percent of his 50 passes on the night.
Joao Plata (5.5) — In the 52nd minute, Plata sent a laser off the right post that was inches from leveling the match. With only two goals during the 2017 campaign, RSL is still looking for his potent scoring and better first touch.
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Luis Silva (4.5) — Silva could not muster the same energy and creativity he did in the last match. He looked more like a player who should have come in as a substitute. David Bingham, the Earthquakes’ goalie, never seemed challenged by Silva or anyone else.
Brooks Lennon (5) — For as creative as Lennon was the match before, he seemed nonexistent on Saturday night. Real needs Lennon to become a threat match after match, but his youth got in the way on this night.
Yura Movsisyan (4.5) — After scoring a goal the week before, coach Mike Petke started Movsisyan as the target striker. Movsisyan did not score a goal and only had one shot on the night. Maybe Petke was right the week before bringing him off the bench. Movsisyan finally took a shot in stoppage time, but it was too little too late.
Sebastian Saucedo (5.5) — In the 74th minute, Saucedo subbed into the match for the injured Wingert. With Real down two goals at this point, Saucedo and the team couldn’t bring energy or pressure against the Earthquakes, who were a man down. But in the dying moments of the match, Saucedo assisted on the Hernandez goal.
Ricardo Velazco (N/A) — Velazco subbed into the match in the 81st minute for Jefferson Savarino.
Jose Hernandez (6) — In the 85th minute, Silva substituted out of the match for Hernandez in the waning moments. His goal right before the end of the match gave him his first MLS goal for Real Salt Lake.
Shane Reinhard is a graduate of Weber State University and a teacher and coach at St. Joseph Catholic High School in Ogden, Utah. Email: email@example.com. Follow on Twitter @hoopsters12.