RSL at Toronto FC player grades

Real Salt Lake at Toronto FC 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) — Made three saves, and the only goal he let in took a deflection off a teammate’s leg.
Chris Wingert (6) — Perhaps RSL’s man of the match, he was solid throughout and he thwarted two 1v1 situations by just holding his ground.
Nat Borchers (6) — Was solid yet again, harassing Danny Dichio for 90 minutes.
Matias Mantilla (5) — His foul led to the free kick that produced the only goal of the game.
Ian Joy (4) — He gave the ball away in several dangerous areas and was fortunate they didn’t lead to a goal or two.
Dema Kovalenko (6) — Started off slowly, but he picked it up in the second half before being subbed off.
Javier Morales (5) — Was too inconsistent, and didn’t seem to provide enough support for the forwards at times.
Nathan Sturgis (6) — An injury forced Sturgis to leave the game in the 27th minute.
Kyle Beckerman (5) — Like most everyone else his first half effort was stagnant, but he was better in the second half.
Kenny Deuchar (5) — Tall striker didn’t win nearly as many headers as he did in his previous two starts.
Robbie Findley (5) — His first touch was below average in the first half, but once RSL opened up its attack in the second half he seemed more comfortable and dangerous.

Substitute grades:

Carey Talley (6) — After replacing Sturgis in the first half hour, Talley was very active in his return to the pitch.
Andy Williams (6) — RSL switched to a 3-5-2 when Williams subbed into the game, and he helped his team dominant possession in the final half hour.
Yura Movsisyan (6) — Was only given 11 minutes to make an impact, and he did a decent job in his limited minutes.

There you have it, our grades from the Toronto FC match, but what do you think?

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