Kansas City at RSL player grades

RSL 0, Kansas City 0

Each game this year Deseret 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:

Nick Rimando (6) –Could’ve read a book for a good chunk of the first half — and at times in the second half — but made saves when called upon.
Tony Beltran (6) — Ahead of his probable departure for the Olympics, Beltran has been firmly establishing himself as the first-choice right back.
Nat Borchers (6) — Solid and composed for the RSL central defender.
Jamison Olave (7) — Did have a couple of giveaways that could’ve resulted in real problems for his squad had it been playing anyone decent. However, from start to finish, the Columbian was outstanding.
Chris Wingert (7) — His performance against Kansas City was a microcosm of his season ‘ under the radar but solid and reliable up and down the left flank.
Andy Williams (5) — Never really got off to the races and was substituted for Matias Cordoba in the 70th minute.
Dema Kovalenko (6) — Like Olave, produced one or two nervy moments by giving the ball away but was otherwise solid.
Javier Morales (6) — RSL’s playmaker helped orchestrate Salt Lake’s attack well in the latter stages of the first half and was OK otherwise.
Kyle Beckerman (5) — By his own high standards, RSL’s captain was alright but perhaps didn’t quite get going as much as he usually does.
Kenny Deuchar (6) — Considering he’s one of the biggest aerial threats in all of Major League Soccer, one would think his individual performances would improve if he ever got adequate service. Nonetheless, he played very hard and was dangerous against K.C.
Robbie Findley (7) — Clearly, the speedy defender is playing with oodles of confidence right now, and that showed against the Wizards as he looked dangerous throughout.

Substitute grades:
Matias Cordoba (5) — The man with all the preseason hype got a little more time against Kansas City, but as Kreis pointed out afterward — he didn’t do much to help or hurt future opportunities to play.
Tino Nunez (5) — Did well with one of his first touches on the field, but it has to be noted that Salt Lake didn’t fashion any dangerous scoring chances during his time on the pitch as a striker.

There you have it, our grades for Saturday’s game against Kansas City. But what do you think? Who were we too harsh to? Too kind?

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