Galaxy at RSL player grades

L.A. Galaxy 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, and this is easily the toughest game to grade of the team’s six regular season matches thus far:

Nick Rimando (6) — The communication between he and his defenders was sporadic, and his distribution seemed fair, but his 73rd minute save on Landon Donovan’s point-blank header was easily the save of the year thus far for RSL.
Chris Wingert (6) — With RSL pushing forward for the winner, Wingert had to cover a lot of ground defensively in the second half and he did a decent job.
Nat Borchers (5) — Borchers stresses the importance of being “switched on” for 90 minutes. RSL’s defense was quite loose in the second half, with numerous players losing their marks at dangerous times.
Jamison Olave (5) — Was a strong presence at the back, but RSL’s defense looked very unorganized at times in the second half. The language barrier between he and Nick Rimando nearly led to a few mistakes.
Tony Beltran (6) — He was OK in his first start. He supported the attack well, but he should’ve cleared the ball just prior to Beckham’s first goal but failed to.
Andy Williams (6) — Was very active, and nearly scored in the 49th minute. He also sent a fantastic cross to Yura Movsisyan in the final minutes that wasn’t finished.
Dema Kovalenko (6) — In his first start at holding midfield, he seemed in control the entire time and organized the midfield well.
Kyle Beckerman (5) — As usual he did a lot of running, and he would’ve earned the assist if Kenny Deuchar’s second goal hadn’t been disallowed for offsides — even though it looked like he was shooting.
Javier Morales (7) — Enjoyed perhaps his best match ever in an RSL uniform assisting on both goals in the first half with fantastic crosses, and was dangerous on numerous other occasions.
Kenny Deuchar (7) — With the Scottish press on hand to watch, he didn’t disappoint with his first-half goal, and coach Jason Kreis was very pleased with how he held the ball up and knocked it down for his teammates.
Fabian Espindola (7) — Not only did he score the game’s first goal, but he was active for 79 minutes and worked extremely well with Deuchar, a partnership that’s been lacking the past couple of games with Espindola out with an injury.

Substitute grades:

Robbie Findley (6) — Was decent in his 16 minutes. He went at defender Greg Vanney 1v1 a couple of times but nothing ever came of it.
Yura Movsisyan (4) — Andy Williams set him up for a great chance in the 87th minute but Movsisyan woefully miss hit it.
Matias Cordoba (6) — 90th minute sub didn’t have time to do much, but he was called up in stoppage time on one occasion in a 1v1 situation against Mike Randolph and he defended the situation perfectly.

There you have it, our grades from the L.A. Galaxy match, but what do you think?

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