FC Dallas 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. There were some tough choices because even though his team won the game, coach Jason Kreis thought it was one of the the team’s worst performances of the year: The only thing that matters at the end of the day are wins.
Nick Rimando (5) — Only had to make four saves, and came up with a couple of quality ones, but getting beat near post by Kenny Cooper was rough.
Jamison Olave (5) — Played alright as an outside back before being subbed off for a tactical switch late in the first half.
Matias Mantilla (5) — As a team, RSL gave up way too many shots especially in the first half. The marking at the back wasn’t great, and Mantilla and several of teammates were lucky Dallas’ finishing was poor.
Nat Borchers (6) — It was an up-and-down game for Borchers, whose average speed hurt him a bit on the outside when RSL used a 3-5-2. He seemed more comfortable after switching back to a 4-4-2, and he did make the game-saving block on Richardinho’s shot in the 93rd minute.
Tony Beltran (7) — First-round draft pick is quickly emerging as a quality outside back. His speed is outstanding, and as his technical ability increases at the MLS level he’ll be a must-start for years to come.
Kyle Beckerman (7) — RSL’s captain played much better than he did against the Galaxy, and made an intelligent run to position himself for the game-winning goal.
Dema Kovalenko (5) — Had some bad giveaways in midfield, and missed a golden opportunity on a breakaway that would’ve given RSL the lead in the second half.
Javier Morales (6) — Scored the game’s first goal, but was also very active in the midfield before being forced to leave with a strained groin.
Chris Wingert (6) — Basically played the first half as midfielder and the second half as a defender. Wasn’t great, wasn’t bad, just another solid performance. He set up a great scoring chance by Espindola with a first half cross.
Fabian Espindola (5) — Was perhaps unlucky not to score on a 10th minute header tapped wide by Dallas keeper Dario Sala. Seemed to struggle to get in the flow of the game the rest of the way.
Kenny Deuchar (6) — He failed to score, but against a strong FC Dallas backline he held the ball up well.
Andy Williams (7) — Overall he played OK after coming on late in the first half, but his chipped pass to Beckerman on the game-winning goal was fantastic.
Kenny Cutler (8) — Coach Jason Kreis called Cutler the man of the match, not bad for a 57th minute sub. Once Cutler entered the game, RSL’s midfield seemed to settle down and play much better.
Robbie Findley (6) — He only was on the pitch for 10 minutes, and he did a lot of defending with Dallas choosing to attack with four forwards in the final eight minutes.
There you have it, our grades from the FC Dallas match, but what do you think? Too harsh? Too lenient? Let us hear it.