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
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?