RSL vs. Chivas USA player grades

Real Salt Lake at Chivas USA Player Analysis

Sorry for the delay with getting these grades posted. Deadlines are always a bit tougher on the West Coast.

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 (7) — In a game where RSL allowed three goals, Rimando made some key saves to keep his team in the game until the final minute.
Chris Wingert (5) — His passing wasn’t all that great, but he wasn’t really at fault on any of the goals either.
Nat Borchers (6) — All in all seemed pretty poised, and had decent distribution out of the back.
Matias Mantilla (5) — Allowed Atiba Harris to slip in behind him too easily on Chivas’ second goal.
Ian Joy (5) — Was overly aggressive on some tackles, creating numbers on the counter attack for Chivas when he didn’t win the ball, which happened too often.
Dema Kovalenko (6) — Seemed active in the attack, but tailed off as the game wore on and his crosses weren’t all that productive. He made up for it at times with his work rate defensively.
Javier Morales (7) — Played really well in the first 30 minutes, and did set up Real’s only goal in the second half on his free-kick delivery.
Carey Talley (3) — Played as poor a first half as he’ll probably ever play, but to his credit he worked his tail off to win the ball back when he did lose it. Nonetheless those mistakes could’ve been punished by two or three first-half goals and it’s simply got to be better.
Kyle Beckerman (7) — His constant movement around the midfield was a big reason why RSL was able to keep possession for long stretches.
Kenny Deuchar (7) — Scored his first goal and created several other chances, but he does need to toughen up on shoulder-to-shoulder challenges.
Robbie Findley (3) — His first touch was exceptionally bad, and he got knocked off the ball too easily. Seemed intimidated by Jim Curtin’s size.

Substitute grades:

Andy Williams (6) — Helped his team create several scoring chances in the final 30 minutes.
Yura Movsisyan (7) — RSL’s attack received an immediate upgrade once he replaced Findley in the line-up. Has a fantastic cross in the 88th minute that probably should’ve been finished.
Fabian Espindola (5) — Was active on the outside, but nothing really came of it.

There you have it, our grades for Saturday’s game with Chivas. What are your grades? Who were we perhaps to harsh or too kind to?

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