RSL at Rapids Player Grades

Real Salt Lake at Colorado Rapids 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 substitutes:

Nick Rimando (5) — Was hardly tested, but he couldn’t come up with the big save when he needed it on Colorado’s first goal.
Chris Wingert (4) — This was easily Chris Wingert’s worst game of the season. Solid most of the year, he was prone to some pretty bad giveaways. His 1v1 defending was decent, but he put his teammates on their back heels quite a bit.
Nat Borchers (5) — For the most part he was in the right place at the right time playing in his home town, but he got beat on a couple of occasions, including the game’s first goal.
Matias Mantilla (3) — If he doesn’t want a handball called in the box, Mantilla has got to keep his hands down. That penalty sealed RSL’s fate.
Tony Beltran (5) — It was an up-and-down performance for the rookie. At times his defending was solid, but other times he seemed out of position giving RSL’s wide midfielders a ton of space to run into.
Kenny Cutler (6) — Kenny Cutler’s No. 1 responsibility was to contain Christian Gomez, and the Rapid playmaker was a non factor for the 68 minutes Cutler was on the field. Cutler moved the ball well most of the time but he gave it away in a few dangerous spots.
Dema Kovalenko (4) — Was Kovalenko even on the field? Like so many of RSL’s midfielders he just seemed non-existent for most of the game.
Kyle Beckerman (4) — RSL’s captain has set a high standard for himself, and you would’ve expected more from him playing against his old team. He was OK in the first half, but like all of his teammates he was pretty bad in the second half.
Andy Williams (4) — Playing in the same spot as injured midfielder Javier Morales, Williams just wasn’t the same threat that Morales has proven himself to be. He played too deep in the midfield according to his coach, and wasn’t in a spot to support the attack enough.
Kenny Deuchar (5) — Needs service to be successful, but it just wasn’t there. Of his two best header opportunities, one went over the bar and the other was cleared off the line by a defender even though it appeared to be going wide anyway.
Fabian Espindola (6) — You can’t fault his effort. He was creative all around the box but the final product just wasn’t there. He definitely isn’t afraid of taking defenders on.

Substitute grades:

Robbie Findley (4) — Played 21 minutes and didn’t have a shot and really wasn’t even close to being dangerous as Colorado hunkered down for the three points.
Matias Cordoba (6) — Only played six minutes, and he seemed extremely ticked off about it after the match. He was the first one to leave the field, and on his way out he kicked Nick Rimando’s water bottle next to the goal as hard as he could. He obviously believes he should’ve been inserted into the game much sooner when he could’ve done some good.
Dustin Kirby (6) — was only on the field for three minutes plus stoppage time, but if nothing else it was a taste of MLS action for the second year player who will likely see much more time the following week.

There you have it, our grades from the Colorado Rapids match, but what do you think?

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