Real Salt Lake player ratings: Backline shines in 0-0 draw with Houston

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

Real Salt Lake midfielder Luis Silva (20) and Real Salt Lake midfielder Albert Rusnak (11) react after Silva missed a shot in added time in a match against the Houston Dynamo at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017.

SANDY — Whether due to the pressure of trying to avoid three straight home matches, or Houston’s conservative defensive strategy, many of Real Salt Lake’s attacking players struggled in Saturday’s game at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Here are Saturday’s player ratings:

Starters:

GK Nick Rimando (6): Rimando was hardly challenged throughout the match, as RSL allowed just one shot on goal throughout the match. He made an excellent diving save in the 31st minute.

D Chris Wingert (6.5): Wingert played solid at the back as part of a defense that made it difficult for Houston to get anything going offensively. He controlled the ball well, made solid passes going forward and even pushed up into attack a few times in the second half. Wingert was subbed out for Sebastian Saucedo in the 87th minute.

D Justen Glad (4.5): In a night in which most of the players on RSL’s back line shone, Glad struggled slightly. He got caught in transition a few times and had to scramble to not allow opportunities for the Dynamo. He picked up a yellow card in the 59th minute.

D Marcelo Silva (6.5): Though Houston had few dangerous set-pieces, Silva used his size and strength to get in position to head the ball out, and made a few key clearances to relegate some of the Dynamo’s attack.

D Tony Beltran (6.5): Despite being unable to find the right run to put a shot on net, Beltran was heavily involved in pushing the ball forward from the left side early on in the first half, as well as hustling back on defense to keep Houston from getting shots on net.

M Stephen Sunday (5.5) “Sunny” made contributions, getting back on defense, but like much of the attacking players, had a tough time getting anything going on the offensive end. He was…

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