Chicago at RSL — Player grades

Chicago at Real Salt Lake Player Analysis

Each game this year Deseret Morning News staff writers will grade individual performances from Real Salt Lake’s players using the following scale:

1 — Truly once-in-a-lifetime poor performance
2 — Horrifyingly bad
3 — Very poor
4 — Poor
5 — Below average
6 — Average
7 — Above average
8 — Outstanding
9 — Sensational
10 — Truly once-in-a-lifetime outstanding performance

Here are the grades for RSL’s starting 11:

Nick Rimando (6) — Didn’t have to do too much, only made two saves.
Chris Wingert (6) — Solid defensively, crosses could’ve been better when pushing into the attack.
Nat Borchers (5) — Played very well, but his mis-clearance led to Blanco’s tying goal.
Matias Mantilla (5) — Failed to clear ball away in stoppage time scrum in the box.
Ian Joy (5) — He was the defender that got beat up the right side, leading to the cross which ultimately led to Blanco’s goal.
Andy Williams (7) — Was a big reason why RSL dominated possession in the midfield, and he hustled his tail off.
Javier Morales (5) — RSL’s playmaker didn’t create nearly enough scoring chances.
Carey Talley (6) — Holding midfielder disrupted Chicago’s attack all game.
Kyle Beckerman (6) — Played well defensively, could’ve been more of a threat offensively.
Fabian Espindola (5) — Got himself in good scoring positions on several occasions, but failed to put away his four chances.
Yura Movsisyan (5) — His first touch seemed off, and he only hit the target on two of his six chances.

Substitute grades:

Kenny Deuchar (6) — Won every ball in the air that came his way.
Robbie Findley (5) — In 28 minutes, his most noteworthy contribution was diving in the box.
Dema Kovalenko (6) — His shot led to the own goal, but he could’ve done better with holding the ball the rest of the way.

What are your grades, and your thoughts on the game? Was it an encouraging performance, or does it feel like a repeat of 2007?

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