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.
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?