San Jose 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 substitutes:
Nick Rimando (6) — Didn’t have much to do until the final 10 minutes, but San Jose sure kept him busy during that stretch.
Chris Wingert (7) — Like his outside counterpart Beltran, he worked his tail off running up and down the sideline and defending well in the process.
Nat Borchers (7) — After a few shaky performances, Borchers was back to his solid self against the Earthquakes organizing the defense and cleaning things up nicely.
Jamison Olave (7) — Olave picked up right where he left off against FC Dallas, and showed no signs of the knee injury that forced him to the sideline late in the Dallas loss.
Tony Beltran (7) — With Ian Joy’s struggles, Beltran was a welcome sight in the starting line-up for RSL.
Dema Kovalenko (8) — Kovalenko turned in a fantastic performance at holding midfield, giving creative players like Williams and Morales time and space to do their things in front of him.
Kyle Beckerman (7) — Seemed a bit off his game, particularly in the first half, but he settled back into things in the second half.
Andy Williams (7) — He’ll never win an award for playing textbook soccer, but he performed quite well against San Jose running all over the midfield, both offensively and defensively. His run into the box led to the second penalty kick.
Javier Morales (8) — The only thing that prevented him from a higher grade was missing a third minute penalty kick, and seemingly pouting about it for about a half hour. He was outstanding in the second half though with a goal and an assist.
Kenny Deuchar (5) — Dr. Goals has now scored just twice in 785 minutes of action. It’s tough to be too critical of Deuchar when he’s just not getting much quality service, even though it was better Saturday.
Fabian Espindola (4) — Was replaced in the 44th minute with a left knee strain, and we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt that the injury contributed to his poor performance.
Robbie Findley (8) — It doesn’t get much better for a substitute than coming on just before halftime and finishing with a goal and an assist.
Matias Cordoba (6) — In his first extended minutes of the year Cordoba did an OK job of trying to kill the game off.
Tino Nunez (6) — Wasn’t on the field long enough to really make an impression.
There you have it, our grades from the San Jose match, but what do you think?