RSL at FC Dallas Player Grades

Real Salt Lake at FC Dallas 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) — Made a couple timely saves, but he was mostly helpless as things broke down defensively in the final 10 minutes.
Chris Wingert (6) — Put forth a solid 90-minute effort playing right back in the first half and left back in the second half.
Nat Borchers (4) — Played an otherwise good match, but as a defender it only takes one mistake to ruin a match and he was the defender that got beat on Dallas’ game-winning goal.
Jamison Olave (7) — Probably RSL’s man of the match up until he left the game in the 76th minute after tweaking his knee just a little bit.
Ian Joy (2) — It would’ve been a 1, but Ritchie Kotschau has proven in the past that it’s possible for a defender to play worse than Ian Joy did.
Dema Kovalenko (7) — Ran all over the pitch for 90 minutes, and showed off his versatility in the process by playing three different positions.
Kyle Beckerman (6) — Had one decent scoring chance early in the match but wasn’t able to put it away. Defensively he was solid most of the way.
Andy Williams (5) — Worked hard in the midfield for most of the match, but he definitely seemed to tire out late in the match.
Javier Morales (7) — For a player that was questionable with a groin injury, he put forth a gutty effort and ultimately assisted on RSL’s only goal.
Kenny Deuchar (5) — Dr. Goals has now scored just twice in 701 minutes of action.
Robbie Findley (5) — Given another starting opportunity, he performed better than he has in recent weeks, but was ultimately a tactical casualty at halftime because of the red card.

Substitute grades:

Kenny Cutler (5) — He came in at halftime and did has job fairly well, helping RSL slow the pace down and try and escape with something.
Fabian Espindola (7) — Replacing Deuchar in the 54th minute, he linked up very well with Morales and ultimately scored RSL’s only goal.
Matias Mantilla (4) — When Mantilla replaced a dinged up Olave, RSL was leading 1-0. In the 12 minutes Mantilla was on the field RSL lost the lead and eventual lost the game.

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

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