RSL at D.C. United player grades

D.C. United 4, RSL 1

Each game this year Deseret 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 (5) — Maybe could’ve done better on United’s third goal but overall not a whole lot the MLS vet could do other than to pick the ball out of his net.
Chris Wingert (5) — Right fullback had some dangerous runs forward early, but left too many open spaces for D.C. United to exploit in the second half.
Nat Borchers (4) — Was perhaps culpable for United’s third goal and completely whiffed on the cross which led to the fourth — a very bad night for the guy who had been RSL’s most consistent performer up until now.
Jamison Olave (5) — In his first RSL appearance, Olave enjoyed a pretty decent first half but struggled like everyone else in a Salt Lake uniform after halftime.
Ian Joy (4) — The former FC St. Pauli defender just hasn’t settled with Real and was yanked off the pitch by coach Jason Kreis in the 58th minute.
Carey Talley (5) — RSL’s captain didn’t make contact with Luciano Emilio on the second penalty which led to the game’s decisive goal, but he shouldn’t have given the ball away in the first place and was off-color from start to finish, not withstanding the goal that went in off his stomach.
Kyle Beckerman (6) — Was his normal marauding self before being substituted by Kreis with 17 minutes remaining.
Dema Kovalenko (5) — No doubt about his handball which led to D.C. United’s opening goal in the first half, and he was a bystander for large segments of the match.
Javier Morales (5) — The talented Argentine drilled the post with an excellent free kick in the 59th minute and had a couple other dangerous moments, but overall didn’t have the influence you’d hope for from your play-maker.
Kenny Deuchar (5) — Deuchar huffed and puffed up top but struggled like so many of his teammates.
Robbie Findley (4) — RSL’s speedy striker played better than he did against Toronto a week ago but was still below bar and clearly needs to work better with Deuchar.

Substitute grades:

Yura Movsisyan (5) — Was part of a couple of dangerous moments but overall didn’t make a huge impression in his half hour on the field.
Andy Williams (6) — Instantly made RSL better when he stepped on the field in the 58th minute and worked hard as usual.
Tony Beltran (6) — Rookie defender stepped on the field for his MLS debut with RSL trailing 3-0 on the road but didn’t look out of place and had his flick lead to Talley’s goal.

There you have it, our grades for Saturday’s game at D.C. United. But what do you think? Who were we too harsh to? Too kind?

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