D.C. United at RSL player grades

D.C. United 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 (7) — Only needed to make three saves to earn his first shutout of the season.
Chris Wingert (7) — He did a very good job containing D.C. United’s attacking threats down the flank.
Nat Borchers (8) — He continues to be RSL’s best defender so far this season, and was extremely poised once again.
Matias Mantilla (8) — He was big the entire match, and neutralized D.C. United’s attack up the middle.
Ian Joy (7) — Did a much better job of simply containing situations unlike Chivas, and played his best match in an RSL uniform.
Dema Kovalenko (8) — Assisted on RSL’s first two goals, and hustled all over the field.
Javier Morales (6) — Seemed off his game, and when RSL needed him to hold the ball and maintain possession in the first half he was no where to be found.
Nathan Sturgis (7) — You didn’t even notice him, which is how you want a holding midfielder to play.
Kyle Beckerman (9) — What more is there to say about a box-to-box midfielder that scores two goals and does the defensive dirty work.
Kenny Deuchar (6) — He won his fair share of headers, but missing the breakaway early in the second half was pretty bad.
Fabian Espindola (7) — Finished off a great goal in the first half, and worked his tail off for 70 minutes

Substitute grades:

Andy Williams (7) — Once he entered the match for Morales in the 62nd minute, RSL’s possession was much improved the rest of the way.
Robbie Findley (7) — He scored a goal, but his assist on Beckerman’s second goal was wonderful.
Tony Beltran (6) — Only played seven minutes, but he’s no doubt thrilled about making his MLS debut.

There you have it, our grades from the D.C. United match, but what do you think?

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