RSL at Chivas USA player grades

Real Salt Lake at Chivas USA 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 (7) — Was very busy in the second half, and was the beneficiary of some poor Chivas finishing.
Chris Wingert (8) — Wingert’s willingness to work for 90 minutes both up and down the sideline was a big reason RSL earned its second straight shutout.
Nat Borchers (8) — Was determined to keep Chivas off the board, and came up with some timely clearances and tackles to make sure it happened.
Jamison Olave (6) — Intimidating defender was solid for the most part, but he made a few mistakes that probably should’ve been capitalized on.
Tony Beltran (7) — Came up big all game, especially in the second half when he made a brave challenge in the box to toe poke the ball away from Justin Braun on what would’ve likely been an easy goal.
Dema Kovalenko (7) — He’s a savvy, savvy veteran who knows how to do his job, and he did whatever was necessary against Chivas USA.
Kyle Beckerman (8) — The extra man in the midfield gave him a little more freedom centrally, and his fantastic through ball sprung Robbie Findley for the only goal of the match.
Matias Cordoba (6) — He was playing out of position a bit in his starting debut for RSL, and as a result had an up and down game. Nonetheless, he showed flashes of why he’s so highly thought of.
Javier Morales (6) — It took him a while to settle in, but even then RSL’s playmaker didn’t quite live up to the creative standard he’s set for himself.
Robbie Findley (7) — Playing a new role at outside midfield, Findley was forced to do a lot more defending than normal and for the most part did a pretty decent job. His finish for the game’s only goal was classic Findley, using his speed to get in behind the defense and then beating the keeper.
Kenny Deuchar (6) — Was pretty much on an island all game in RSL’s 4-5-1 formation. He worked hard to win the ball and maintain possession, but could’ve held the ball up a little longer to create more support and in turn more scoring opportunities.

Substitute grades:

Yura Movsisyan (6) — Only played 25 minutes after replacing Cordoba, and had to be subbed off himself after re-injurying his knee late in the game.
Tino Nunez (6) — Replaced Deuchar in the final 10 minutes, but spent most of the time chasing as RSL tried to kill the game off.
Kenny Cutler (6) — Logged just a few minutes in coming on for the injured Movsisyan.

There you have it, our grades from the Chivas USA match, but what do you think?

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